Total Immersion

ACO Total Immersion

The return of our sell-out festival piece featuring a series of intimate, immersive performances given throughout different architectural spaces at ACO Pier 2/3.

“One of the most special and magical experiences in my lifelong love of music.” – ACO Total Immersion Attendee

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit within an orchestra? To feel the musicians’ connection and hear the music as they hear it?

A unique and unforgettable way to experience classical music, Total Immersion brings you up close with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as you sit among the musicians to hear and feel the music as they do.

This sell-out piece, produced in collaboration with leading international festival curator Nigel Jamieson, features a series of intimate, immersive performances given throughout different architectural spaces at ACO Pier 2/3.

You will wander through the extraordinary harbourside Belgiorno Room listening from different perspectives and viewpoints to a string quartet of ACO musicians performing Bryce Dessner's extraordinary Tenebre, which features pre-recorded vocals from singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. Then we invite you to take your place sitting somewhere amidst the full Orchestra in the Neilson, as they perform orchestral works by Samuel Barber, Wojciech Kilar and more.

You’ll be guided through our venue, including via backstage areas usually not open to the public, with one ticket giving you access to the complete event across all venues.



Helena Rathbone Director and Violin
Louis Hurley Tenor
Australian Chamber Orchestra


Belgiorno Room (ACO String Quartet)

The Neilson (Australian Chamber Orchestra)
SAMUEL BARBER Adagio for Strings
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Sonata for Solo Violin No.1 in G minor, BWV1001: I. Adagio

Dates & Availability 

Friday 7 June

Fri 7 Jun, 6.30pm - sold out
Fri 7 Jun, 7.15pm - sold out
Fri 7 Jun, 8.15pm - sold out
Fri 7 Jun, 9.00pm - good availability 

Saturday 8 June

Sat 8 Jun, 2.45pm - good availability
Sat 8 Jun, 3.45pm - good availability
Sat 8 Jun, 4.30pm - limited availability
Sat 8 Jun, 6.30pm - selling fast
Sat 8 Jun, 7.15pm - good availability 
Sat 8 Jun, 8.15pm - good availability 

ACO Total Immersion
Total Immersion