Chopin & the Mendelssohns

ACO Relaxed Performance: Chopin & the Mendelssohns

The Australian Chamber Orchestra and the MCA present this unique music and art experience.


Join us at the ACO Pier 2/3 on Thursday 16 November, for hands-on art making activities (led by MCA art educators) and a Relaxed Performance of Chopin & the Mendlessohns. Presented with flexible seating, adjusted lighting and sound levels, and a dedicated quiet space, ACO Relaxed Performances are tailored for people with disability and access needs. Come along, respond to the art and the music, be yourself, and have fun!


What to expect

Arrive at the Australian Chamber Orchestra at Pier 2/3, 13A Hickson Rd, Dawes Point any time from 12pm. The foyer will be open and you can buy a drink or a snack at the bar if you would like to, or you can bring a packed lunch.

Get creative in the activity space (The Belgiorno Room) and make a piece of wearable art. The activity space will be available until 2pm.


The theatre will open and you can find your seats.


The relaxed performance begins. You can move around during this performance.


The performance will finish. You can continue making in the activity space or head home.


The activity space will close.


We are pleased to offer complimentary tickets to this experience for Bella Plus Connect patrons and their carers. Please select up to four tickets online. Contact ACO Box Office on 1800 444 444 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST) or [email protected] for larger bookings.

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About the performance

Polina Leschenko’s deep affinity with Chopin is a rare gift; so too is her remarkable rapport with Richard Tognetti and the ACO.

Polina makes a long-awaited return to the Orchestra with one of the most beloved Romantic works for piano and orchestra, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2. The second movement has the exquisite beauty of his later nocturnes and was inspired by unrequited love.

Chopin’s close friend Felix Mendelssohn brings Polina and Richard together in a Double Concerto abundant in individual displays of dazzling bravura from both soloists. This exceptional program closes with the energy and inventiveness of Fanny Mendelssohn’s string quartet, arranged by Richard Tognetti.