Inside Out at the House ACO event

Celebrating Icons: From Bach to Barnes

Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra are joined by Jimmy Barnes and William Barton to celebrate the Sydney Opera House’s 50th birthday.


There aren’t many orchestras like the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Who else could present JS Bach and Jimmy Barnes in the same concert.

Renowned for explosive performances, adventurous collaborations and dynamic programs, the ACO prides itself on both challenging and inspiring its audiences. This concert is no exception.

To celebrate the 50th birthday of another Australian icon, Artistic Director Richard Tognetti leads the Orchestra in a showcase of everything that makes the ACO so unique. Beloved masterpieces including JS Bach’s divinely beautiful Concerto for Two Violins and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, sit alongside the timeless sound world of didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton’s Didge Fusion and the soaring vocals of Australian rock icon Jimmy Barnes.

It’s a fitting celebration from an orchestra that has always forged its own path.

This performance will take place in the Concert Hall and will also be broadcast to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt.



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Inside/Out at the House

Celebrating 50 years of the Sydney Opera House, Inside/Out at the House is a 7-day classical festival featuring world-class performances from London Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Each evening from 1-7 May 2023, a special performance will take place inside the heart of the Opera House, while simultaneously broadcast live to audiences to enjoy outside on the Forecourt. Discover the full festival program here.



WILLIAM BARTON Didge Fusion – Hypersonic
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043
RANDY NEWMAN (arr. Richard Tognetti) Texas Girl at the Funeral of her Father
JIMMY BARNES AND DON WALKER (arr. Richard Tognetti) Killing Time