Serenades for Strings
19 - 29 October 2019
PAUL STANHOPE Dancing on Clouds
BEETHOVEN (arr. Bernard Rofe) Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.1 in G major
MENDELSSOHN Sinfonia No.7 in D minor
ELGAR Serenade for Strings
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in F minor ‘Serioso’
Helena Rathbone Director & Violin
Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir Cairns Only
Helena Rathbone, Principal Violin and founding Director of ACO Collective, celebrates her 25th anniversary with the ACO in a program curated around works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
We open with Dancing on Clouds, a piece by Australian composer Paul Stanhope for ACO Collective’s recently recorded Hush album of music for children’s hospitals. Then it’s straight into Beethoven’s First Romance for violin and orchestra, delightful and optimistic in mood, followed by Mendelssohn’s youthful and energetic Sinfonia No.7.
Helena is a great admirer of fellow Brit, Edward Elgar. His Serenade for Strings is a tranquil piece, a far cry from his later, larger works. Our grand finale brings a dramatic shift in mood with Beethoven’s great String Quartet in F minor, Op.95, arranged for string orchestra. Known as the “Serioso”, it has a tempestuous quality that brings the program to a gripping end.
ACO Collective's tour of Serenade for Strings will visit:
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
Saturday 19 October
Rockhampton - Pilbeam Theatre
Tuesday 22 October
Bundaberg - Moncrieff Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 23 October
Lismore City Hall
Sunday 27 October
Armidale Town Hall
Tuesday 29 October