Mozart & Brahms - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Mozart & Brahms

29 August - 15 September 2017


MOZART Divertimento in D major, K.136
BARTÓK Divertimento
BRAHMS (arr. strings) Clarinet Quintet in B minor


Pekka Kuusisto Director
Matthew Hunt Clarinet
ACO Collective

Britain’s leading clarinetist, Matthew Hunt, joins ACO Collective as the soloist for Brahms’ soulful Clarinet Quintet. 

Brahms came out of retirement to write the Clarinet Quintet after hearing Richard Mühlfeld play. Brahms modelled his quintet on Mozart’s, to create a work that is clearly written from the heart. The clarinet’s mellow and haunting sound suited Brahms’ musical temperament and it was perfect for expressing the autumnal mood of his later years.

Bartók too was writing from his soul. But rather than stripping it bare, his Divertimento was a diversion from the pervasive gloom of his surroundings.

In Cairns, ACO Collective will perform with the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, as part of a multi-year collaboration with Gondwana Choirs.

29 Aug | The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
31 Aug | Armidale Town Hall
2 Sep | Bellingen Memorial Hall
3 Sep | NORPA, Lismore
6 Sep | Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
10 Sep | Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton
12 Sep | Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre
15 Sep | Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns (With Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir)