2012 North American Tour - Australian Chamber Orchestra

2012 North American Tour

On its 52nd international tour, the ACO tours North America, including debuts in Chicago and Toronto and a return to New York's Carnegie Hall. Touring with the ACO are guest artists Dawn Upshaw and Teddy Tahu Rhodes. While in New York, Dawn Upshaw and the ACO will record Maria Schneider's Winter Morning Walks

12 April Schwartz Center, Atlanta GA
13 April Norton Center, Danville KY
14 April DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, South Bend IN
15 April Orchestra Hall, Chicago IL
17 April Modlin Center, Richmond VA
20 April Phillips Center, Gainesville FL
22 April Royal Conservatory Koerner Hall, Toronto ON
23 April Kingston Grand Theatre, Kingston ON
25 April Hopkins Center, Hanover NH
27 April Bailey Hall, Ithaca NY
30 April Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Chicago Classical Review

"Sunday’s impassioned, full-metal performance by the young players of the ACO was riveting. Rather than just the usual doubling and tripling of the quartet’s four lines, Tognetti’s artful arrangement varies the voices with great skill, often shearing the textures down to one solo player to fine effect. Upshaw was the headliner and Schneider’s new song cycle the main draw, but the tonal refinement and high-wire intensity demonstrated by Tognetti and his 16 colleagues also revealed the ACO as one of today’s finest chamber orchestras."

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Chicago Tribune

"I missed the tail end of the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Chicago debut Sunday at Orchestra Hall but caught enough of artistic director and concertmaster Richard Tognetti's refreshing program to be impressed with the electric, spontaneous rapport that has these 17 fine players speaking with a single musical voice."

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Richmond Times Despatch

"What do you get when you cross a "badass classical band" with a soprano popularly called a "genius"? High expectations, to start."

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Chicago Classical Music

"The members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra are a young, vibrant group brimming with seemingly boundless energy and truly remarkable precision. On many occasions during the concert I was stunned by the absolute unison between the members of each section."

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ECM Records

"Since 1975 the Australian Chamber Orchestra has built an adventuresome reputation. For this we can thank longtime director Richard Tognetti, whose eclectic programming has brought the orchestra back on its feet, lending every performance a dynamic edge that few chamber ensembles can match."

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The Cornell Daily Sun

"The ACO orchestral players stand while performing (cellists excepted), a factor that seems to contribute to an extra level of alertness, while lead player Richard Tognetti maintains a firm grip on proceedings."

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New York Times

"There were plenty of fireworks and soulful moments...enhanced by the musicians’ vivid attention to color and dynamics."

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