Tognetti Mendelssohn Bach

Tognetti. Mendelssohn. Bach.

Sparks fly and melodies soar when Richard Tognetti directs music close to the ACO’s heart.

Presented in association with Brisbane Festival

Touring to Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Wollongong. Tickets from $59, or $35 for under 35s and $25 for students.

Mendelssohn’s music is pure pleasure. One of the great prodigies, he wrote his sunny Octet at just 16 years of age. It’s one of the most loved pieces of chamber music ever written and a favourite of the ACO. In their hands, its youthful exuberance just about leaps off the stage.

Moving from one young genius to another: the ACO presents a new commission from trailblazing young composer Jakub Jankowski in his first work for string orchestra. Hailing from Adelaide, he’s a fresh voice in classical music. Opening the program, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s pulsating octet Illumine makes a striking contrast with the Mendelssohn.

If Mendelssohn is pleasure, then Bach is worship. Bach sought God in his music and became like a god for musicians, a touchstone to which all other music is compared. His music is filled with drama, joy and remarkable discipline. Hearing it, playing it, is an act of worship.

That is an altar to which Richard Tognetti will return to again and again. His recordings of Bach’s violin music won three successive ARIA Awards. Live, his interpretation of the great Violin Concerto in A minor is a powerful experience: intimate and electrifying.

Like all the best performances, this concert will remind you of why you love music.


National Tour Partner

Presenting Partner



JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Violin Concerto in A minor
JAKUB JANKOWSKI New Commission (World Premiere)*

*Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.


CONCERT duration
Approx. 2 hours, including interval
Playlist by the ACO
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Pre-concert talk times

Thu 5 Sep, 6:45pm

Sat 7 Sep, 6:45pm

Mon 9 Sep, 6:45pm

Sun 8 Sep, 1:45pm

Tue 10 Sep, 6:45pm

Sat 14 Sep, 7:15pm

Mon 16 Sep, 6:15pm

Tue 17 Sep, 7:15pm

Wed 18 Sep, 6:15pm

Fri 20 Sep, 6:15pm

Sat 21 Sep, 6:15pm

Sun 22 Sep, 1:15pm

Mon 23 Sep, 6:45pm

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