Murder & Redemption
2 - 14 February 2017
TRAD. (arr. Nico Muhly) Selection of American folk songs
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 Kreutzer Sonata
TRAD. (arr. Nico Muhly) More American folk songs
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and trembling
BRACKETT (arr. Pekka Kuusisto) Simple Gifts (Shaker hymn)
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops: II. Hymning slews, III. Loops and verses, IV. A final shaking
Pekka Kuusisto Director & Violin
Sam Amidon Voice & Banjo
“We invited Pekka to unleash his imagination and this is the result.” Richard Tognetti
From Classical to Folk
Inspirational classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber
Orchestra are joined by American modern folk hero Sam Amidon in Murder & Redemption,
a stunning concert experience that takes the listener on a vivid journey from darkness
Experience the world premiere of this exceptional collaboration between Pekka, Sam and “one of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world” (The Guardian, UK) as they perform folk masterpieces re-imagined by indie-classical composer Nico Muhly and Amidon himself, interwoven with thematically-resonant classical works by Janáček, John Adams and more.
This innovative opening to the ACO’s 2017 concert season has it all: sex, murder, transformation, mercy. Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata is based on Tolstoy’s novella, a scandalous tale re-imagined in a concert format by Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, “a classical performer who genuinely connects what goes on inside the concert hall with the world outside – a rare and important performer for our times.” (The Guardian, UK).
Amidon, a hit with Australian festival audiences and whose interpretations of American folksongs have been described as “surreal”, “magical” and “quietly psychedelic”, makes his ACO debut.
To view lyrics from Sam Amidon's music, please click here.
Image: Pekka Kuusisto
Image: Sam Amidon. Photo by Ferguson.
"In impeccable form throughout, the ACO strings glimmer through the Adams and, under Kuusisto’s revisionary direction, open the troubled veins of the Janáček to reveal its most disturbing outbursts and discomforting interactions."
"The toe-tapping Finn shares much with ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti, radiating enthusiasm as he transitions seamlessly between solo and tutti roles."
The Canberra Times
"Kuusisto has a stage presence that is simultaneously elegant and mischievous."
"Kuusisto is familiar as a genre-blurring wunderkind with unfettered interpretative approaches that sees old repertoire treated with spontaneity and the new embraced with breezy enthusiasm."
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Adelaide Town Hall, with Anna Melville
Tue 7 Feb 6.45pm
QPAC Concert Hall, with Anna Melville
Mon 13 Feb 6.15pm
Llewellyn Hall, with Anna Melville
Sat 4 Feb 7.15pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, with Anna Melville
Sun 5 Feb 1.45pm
Mon 6 Feb 6.45pm
Newcastle City Hall, with Anna Melville
Thu 2 Feb 6.45pm
City Recital Hall, with Anna Melville
Wed 8 Feb 6.15pm
Fri 10 Feb 12.45pm
Sat 11 Feb 6.15pm
Tue 14 Feb 7.15pm
Sydney Opera House, with Anna Melville
Sun 12 Feb 1.15pm
Live in the Studio with Pekka Kuusisto & Sam Amidon
See an intimate performance of Wedding Dress at the ACO Studio.
Unpacking Murder & Redemption: II
The Dark Day
Unpacking Murder & Redemption: I
And after the murder? What then?
Listen: Murder & Redemption Concert Program
Listen to the concert program playlist ahead of the national tour.
Watch: Pekka On Murder & Redemption
We’ve caught up with Pekka Kuusisto ahead of his Murder & Redemption tour.
Discover: Sam Amidon
Take a look through the classic folk music performed by the artist in Murder and Redemption.
Watch: Pekka Kuusisto on Shaker Loops
Pekka describes what it takes to perform John Adams' seminal piece Shaker Loops.
Watch: Pekka on Folk Music
Pekka Kuusisto gives us a little taster of what to expect for Murder & Redemption.
Watch: Pekka Kuusisto’s hilarious Proms encore
The fiddler had the Proms audience on its feet with a spirited Finnish folk song.
Listen: Murder & Redemption
Explore the music ahead of the national concert tour with Pekka Kuusisto, Sam Amidon and the ACO.
Introducing the Shakers
Our season opener will feature John Adams’ minimalist masterpiece, Shaker Loops, and one of the Shakers’ most famous hymns.
WATCH: Pekka Kuusisto
A video guide to the Finnish fiddler’s musical feats.