Tognetti Tchaikovsky Brahms - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Tognetti Tchaikovsky Brahms

1 - 16 February 2018


ANNA CLYNE Prince of Clouds Australian Premiere
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings in C major
MISSY MAZZOLI Dark with Excessive Bright
World Premiere*
BRAHMS (arr. strings) String Sextet No.2 in G major
* Co-commissioned by Bruce and Jenny Lane for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and by Aurora Orchestra


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Maxime Bibeau Double Bass
Ike See Violin
Glenn Christensen Violin
with Musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)

This is an explosive start to our 2018 Season.

Brahms’ Sextet in G major is so rich, so melodic, and so emotively powerful that, when bolstered in our new arrangement for full string orchestra, Richard Tognetti calls it Brahms’ ‘Fifth Symphony’. Add to that the relentlessly youthful energy from the players of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and you’re witnessing something akin to alchemy. 

When your senses need soothing, Tchaikovsky’s soaring Serenade for Strings makes sure that whatever lies deep in our hearts gets a chance to gasp for air. Then it’s back to the future with two new works by Missy Mazzoli and Anna Clyne. Brooklyn-born Mazzoli’s world premiere concerto was commissioned especially for our Principal Double Bass Maxime Bibeau, in honour of his 20 years with the Orchestra. 

Anna Clyne’s Grammy Award-nominated double violin concerto, Prince of Clouds, receives its Australian Premiere. The concerto, which the New York Times described as ‘ravishing’, gives two of our newest stars Ike See and Glenn Christensen their moment to shine. 

In one word: epic.


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The Age

“Here was a performance to cherish: a seamless fusion of experience and youth...”

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Limelight Magazine

★★★★½ “For its opening concert of 2018, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and its Artistic Director Richard Tognetti proved they’re at the forefront of musical innovation”. 

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Free pre-concert talks

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This series of pre-concert talks includes 7 Q&A sessions with composer Missy Mazzoli, discussing the new commission Dark with Excessive Bright which premieres as part of Tognetti Tchaikovsky Brahms.


Adelaide Town Hall, with Anna Melville and Missy Mazzoli
Tue 6 Feb 6.45pm


Queensland Performing Arts Centre, with Anna Melville
Mon 12 Feb 6.15pm


Llewellyn Hall, with Anna Melville and Missy Mazzoli
Sat 3 Feb 7.15pm


Arts Centre Melbourne, with Anna Melville and Missy Mazzoli
Sun 4 Feb 1.45pm
Mon 5 Feb 6.45pm


City Recital Hall
Sat 10 Feb 6.15pm, with Anna Melville and Missy Mazzoli
Tue 13 Feb 7.15pm, with Anna Melville
Wed 14 Feb 6.15pm, with Anna Melville
Fri 16 Feb 12.45pm, with Anna Melville

Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
Sun 11 Feb 1.15pm, with Anna Melville and Missy Mazzoli


Wollongong Town Hall, with Anna Melville and Missy Mazzoli
Thu 1 Feb 6.45pm