Vasse Felix Festival 2013 - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Vasse Felix Festival 2013

Our annual pilgrimage to Vasse Felix Winery in Margaret River is a highlight of the year and the concerts always sell out quickly. This year, ACO2 performs three concerts under the direction of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Dale Barltrop at the Vasse Felix Art Gallery, each with beautiful dining packages. If you'd like to join us, please email

Mozart & Mendelssohn - Fri 6 Dec 7pm 

MOZART Divertimento in B flat, K.137
GOLIJOV Last Round
COWELL Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 5
MENDELSSOHN String Symphony No.12

We open this year's Festival with Mozart's vivacious Divertimento, a classic string orchestra show piece. Golijov's fascinating tango-inspired Last Round leads into Lerdahl's modern exploration of the Waltz and Cowell's short hymn-like meditation before Mendelssohn's homage to Mozart's G minor Symphony No.40, which features a potent dose of Baroque fugues.

Violin Showcase - Sat 7 Dec 4.30pm

HINDSON Little Chrissietina's Magic Fantasy
MILONE Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen
SCHUBERT (arr. Barltrop) Rondo in B minor
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in D, Op.18
GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso No.12 in D minor "La Follia"

Hindson's Fantasy for two violins, Bizet's Fantasy for four violins and Schubert's Rondo, featuring festival guest director Dale Barltrop, highlight the talents in ACO2's ranks in works that span from the early 1800s to contemporary Australia. Beethoven's bright, lyrical string quartet in D follows after interval before Geminiani's setting of Corelli's Op.5 "La Folia" featuring Corelli's virtuoso violin part with the addition of a second solo violin.

Vitality - Sun 8 Dec 3pm

VIVALDI Concerto in G, RV151, "alla rustica"
STRAVINSKY Concerto in D
BEAMISH Under the Wing of the Rock
PROKOFIEV Sonata for two violins, Op.56; movements 1 & 4
DVOŘÁK Serenade for Strings

Rhythmically propulsive string works by Stravinsky and Vivaldi open the Festival finale with a spark. ACO viola player Caroline Henbest stars in Sally Beamish's Celtic psalm-inspired Under the Wing of the Rock and we bring the festival to a close with Dvořák's beloved, swooning serenade.


The ACO's Principal Partner Virgin Australia is offering exclusive packages to the Vasse Felix Festival. Click here for more information, including a discount offer for ACO supporters. 

Audience Feedback

"We are sooo looking forward to this, as it is one of the best events on the music calendar every year. The combination of being in the heart of beautiful Margaret River, the outstanding food and wine at Vasse Felix with the virtuosity of the ACO in the intimate Art Gallery there - is unbeatable!"