The Crowd - Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Crowd

11 - 13 October 2013


CHOPIN Nocturne No.7
CRUMB Black Angels: Bones and Flutes
DEAN Dispersal
FELDMAN Three Voices: Slow Waltz
IVES The Unanswered Question
LEIFS Quartetto III, “El Greco”: Mvt.4
SCHUBERT Symphony No.8, "Unfinished": Mvt. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH The Age of Gold: Polka 
SIBELIUS Kuolema: Scenes with Cranes, Scene VI
TOGNETTI Battle for the Crowd, Mosh Maggot, Chorale, Rain, Ekstasis, Bells, Train
TRAD. ICELANDIC (arr. Stearne) Fagurt er í Fjörðum

Footage by Jon Frank projected onto a big screen onstage.


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Jon Frank Film
Matthew Lutton Director
bluebottle Design & Light
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra
Cantillation (Sydney performance only)
The Consort of Melbourne (Melbourne performance only)
     Peter Tregear Co-Artistic Director
     Warren Trevelyan-Jones Co-Artistic Director

Concept by Richard Tognetti

Breath-taking footage by cinematographer Jon Frank is projected onto the big screen while almost a hundred musicians and singers perform a live score of music from Chopin to Shostakovich. Frank’s tilt-shift, time-lapse and slow motion footage of crowds from all walks of life includes wild music-festival mosh pits, passionate soccer fans and busy urban landscapes.

Richard Tognetti writes:

“What is it we feel when part of a crowd? Is it fear or empowerment? Do we lose ourselves, or find our real selves? Is a crowd a mob, an ignorant mass of unthinking beings? Or is it an intelligent body, capable of thought processes and invention of which individuals alone would not be capable? We spend much of our life in crowds: when we go to the football or attend a concert, when we cross the street at peak hour, when we worship, mourn, protest or feast, we often do so as part of a crowd. The Crowd examines the nature of the crowd, in its many manifestations, both human and in the natural world.”
With almost a hundred people on stage, two thousand in the audience and countless thousands from all walks of life projected onto the big screen, it's time for you to join the crowd.  
The Melbourne performance of The Crowd is a co-presentation with Australian National Academy of Music and Melbourne Festival. 
This concert contains adult themes, the ACO recommends parental guidance for those under the age of 15.
SYDNEY TRANSPORT ALERT: Please be advised that due to major track work between 8-13 October, buses replace trains in both directions on the City Circle train line. Plan your journey to the Sydney Opera House here.


"It’s a big subject to scope, but Tognetti and Frank have done a magnificent job: the project has grandeur and pathos; it will, I believe, prove as much an enduring work of art as [King] Vidor’s tragic narrative."

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