ACO Underground - Sydney - Australian Chamber Orchestra

ACO Underground - Sydney

5 November 2015


JS BACH Adagio from Sonata No.3 in C major, BWV1005
RICHARD TOGNETTI Transfiguration
JS BACH (arr. Tognetti) Canons on a Goldberg Ground
HOLLÄNDER Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte
NEIL FINN (arr. Tognetti) Into Temptation
SIBELIUS Scene VI from Kuolema 
ANTHONY PATERAS An Island off an Island off an Island
WEBERN Sehr bewegt from Five Movements for String Quartet
NINE INCH NAILS (TRENT REZNOR) (arr. Tognetti) Something I Can Never Have
ARVO PÄRT My Heart's in the Highlands


Satu Vänskä Voice, Violin, Director
Richard Tognetti Violin
Timothy Constable Percussion (Synergy Percussion)
Jim Moginie Guitar (Midnight Oil)
Brian Ritchie Bassist (Violent Femmes)

ACO Underground makes its Inner West debut at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville with a genre-defying performance.

The band plays acoustic and electric instruments and performs wild sets that stretch from Bach and Sibelius to Bryce Dessner and Neil Finn. Vänskä and her 1728 Stradivarius violin are joined by Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie, guitarist Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil, and Synergy Percussion’s Timothy Constable. The line-up is completed by ACO Artistic Director and violinist Richard Tognetti, violinist Glenn Christensen, cellist Julian Thompson, violist Christopher Moore, double bassist Maxime Bibeau, and Joseph Nizeti on electronics.

Directed by Satu Vänskä, this multi-faceted program sprints through centuries of music where the expected and unexpected collide in a unique sound world.

8pm | Doors open | DJ Jonny Seymour and Paul Mac (stereogamous)
9pm | ACO Underground Performance (duration 60 minutes) with projections by 'Lost Boy visuals' 


This is a General Admission, standing performance with a very limited number of seats available – if you require seating we recommend arriving early.

For accessibility, transport, parking, food and beverage information about The Factory Theatre, please check their website or call their Box Office on (02) 9550 3666

Drum Media

'The next installment can't come soon enough.'

Sydney Morning Herald

'We had shifting formations of strings and samples, on-stage looping, vocals and acoustic guitars, electric guitars and laptops.'


'ACO Underground is a splinter group that gathers some of the world’s finest musicians and puts them, but only once every so often, in one small, almost secret place. You feel like you’re part of a very privileged, slightly clandestine, revolutionary cabal, just being there.'