Cinemusica - Australian Chamber Orchestra


2 - 12 April 2016


THOMAS NEWMAN American Beauty (selections)
HERRMANN Psycho: A Suite for Strings
TIMOTHY CONSTABLE New work for strings and percussion (World Premiere)
BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Please note: this program is presented in a concert format and does not include any film footage.


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Timothy Constable Artistic Director, Synergy Percussion
Joshua Hill Percussion
Bree van Reyk Percussion
Bobby Singh Tabla 

Cinemusica is an exciting collaboration between Synergy Percussion and the ACO, showcasing the thrilling sonic possibilities of strings and percussion and a shared love of film.

Thomas Newman’s hypnotic and witty score for the Academy Award-winning film American Beauty is one of his most acclaimed soundtracks, while the stabbing suspense of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho: A Suite for Strings is viscerally familiar, indelibly conjuring Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic. They are bookended by the surging wildness of two Xenakis works, Voile and the primordial rhythms of Psappha.

The icy atmospherics of Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta found an unforgettable visual accompaniment when Stanley Kubrick used it to chilling effect in The Shining.

Directed by Richard Tognetti, Cinemusica features a world premiere composed by Synergy’s Artistic Director, Timothy Constable, capping a highlight music event for 2016.

Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ "...a spellbinding performance..."

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Daily Telegraph

"The cunningly compiled program builds to one of the most striking works of the 20th century, Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, by showing the influence his music had on so many film composers and directors."

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The Australian

"Celebrated cinematic scores put audience firmly in the picture."

Sydney Morning Herald

"… A deeply satisfying achievement from the brave and brilliant Synergy Percussion. yes, powered by virtuousity, style insight and sheer bloody-minded determination, they have concquered a mission impossible"

Sydney Morning Herald

"Synergy Percussion has shown a capacity for reinvention, driven by talent and imagination while sticking to strong artistic values, honouring giants of the past, as well as the young and the bold."

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