Past Events

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Beethoven's Favourite18 - 28 November 2016

The season finale of our celebration of Beethoven quartets concludes on a grand scale, featuring fiery Italian violinist Lorenza Borrani. 

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ACO at Emanuel Synagogue8 November 2016

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is thrilled to return to Emanuel Synagogue, for a second inspiring performance in its elegant surrounds. 

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Slava, Rodrigo & Beethoven VII30 October - 7 November 2016

Don’t miss the ACO's grand symphonic event of the year. Features Beethoven’s joyful Seventh Symphony directed by Richard Tognetti, and one of the most popular concertos of our time, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, performed by virtuoso guitarist Slava Grigoryan.

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Tognetti & ACO Soloists16 - 19 October 2016

Relish the melodic invention and dynamic flow of two of the Baroque’s finest composers with the ACO, directed by Richard Tognetti.

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Julia Lezhneva8 - 18 October 2016

Julia Lezhneva's voice is impeccably suited to the intricacy and passion of the Baroque masters.

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Intimate Beethoven23 - 26 September 2016

Experience the ACO at its most intimate with two haunting treasures from the giants of music, Mozart and Beethoven, that journey from meditation to elation.

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Richard Tognetti & Polina Leschenko in Recital12 - 13 September 2016

Richard Tognetti is joined by virtuoso pianist Polina Leschenko for two intimate recital programs in Sydney and Canberra.

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ACO Collective | Beethoven & Mendelssohn2 - 16 September 2016

The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents ‘Beethoven & Mendelssohn’ performed by ACO Collective and directed by one of Finland’s most internationally successful string quartets, Meta4. 

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Leonskaja & Mozart26 August - 7 September 2016

The Australian debut of the grand dame of the piano, featuring music by Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven. 

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Tanglewood | Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret14 August 2016

Barry Humphries curates, presents and performs the music of Berlin's Weimar Republic (1920s-1930s) including jazz, cabaret, tango and Broadway-musical style pieces. The hedonistic partying and social revolution of this era is re-awakened in this full-throttle concert featuring transgressive cabaret sensation Meow Meow.

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European Tour | Edinburgh International Festival6 - 9 August 2016

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde concert and Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret will be showcased in one of the world's most renowned festivals.

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European Tour | Tivoli Festival4 August 2016

The Orchestra performs in the largest music festival in all of Scandinavia, at the historic Tivoli Garden amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Cadogan Hall | Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret29 July - 3 August 2016

Alongside Meow Meow and the Orchestra, Barry Humphries curates, presents and performs the music of Berlin's Weimar Republic (1920s-1930s) including jazz, cabaret, tango and Broadway-musical style pieces.

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European Tour | Gstaad Menuhin Festival22 - 26 July 2016

Founded by the great fiddler Yehudi Menuhin in 1957, the festival is held every European summer in the scenic Swiss alpine town of Gstaad. This year, Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra perform three different concerts at Saanen Church.   

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ACO Academy Brisbane8 July 2016

After an immersive week in chamber music, students and ACO mentors take the stage for a free perfomance on Friday 8 July.

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Sequenza Italiana25 June - 10 July 2016

In 2014, ACO audiences roared their approval of the exhilarating mastery of maverick cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima’s performances across Australia. In 2016 he returns for an unmissable celebration of five centuries of Italian music, ably joined by soloists from the ACO.

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Theft3 - 4 June 2016

Due to unforseen casting and logistical difficulties, we have had to postpone our two performances of Theft

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Beethoven & Mozart V5 - 21 May 2016

In this tour de force directed by Richard Tognetti, the Grosse Fuge takes its original place as the finale of the String Quartet Op.130, a work that veers from torrential passion to aching beauty.

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ACO Collective | The Four Seasons29 April - 8 May 2016

The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents ‘The Four Seasons’ performed by ACO Collective and directed by internationally acclaimed Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. 

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Cinemusica2 - 12 April 2016

Richard Tognetti explores the thrilling sonic possibilities of strings and percussion through film’s most iconic scores including American Beauty, The Shining and Psycho - performed by Synergy Percussion and the ACO.

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Tarrawarra Festival 201619 - 20 March 2016

With a blend of fine art, live music and stunning views, this weekend-long festival in the Yarra Valley, only an hour from Melbourne, features intimate concerts directed by Richard Tognetti.

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ACO at Melbourne Hebrew Congregation9 March 2016

Hear the Australian Chamber Orchestra in the splendid, ornate Melbourne Synagogue, often referred to as the "Cathedral Synagogue" of Melbourne.

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The Reef - USA Tour16 - 20 February 2016

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable visual and sonic experience of breathtaking imagery from Australia’s Ningaloo Reef and a fascinating score of music ranging from Bach to Pete Seeger, performed live by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

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The Reef (Revisited)12 February 2016

After huge critical acclaim in 2012 and 2013 in Australia The Reef returns to Sydney for one night only before embarking on its North American tour.

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Beethoven & The 21st Century4 - 19 February 2016

Finnish violinist and long-time friend of the ACO, Pekka Kuusisto, takes up his position as ACO Collective Artistic Director for this season-opening salvo of far-reaching music.

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The Four Seasons (Nov/Dec)28 November - 9 December 2015

Experience the ACO’s critically acclaimed highlight concert of the 2015 Season. Delve into Richard Tognetti’s unique exploration of musical connections between East and West, as he pairs Vivaldi’s Baroque masterpiece with original compositions by ARIA Award-winning oud virtuoso, Joseph Tawadros. 

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Sol Gabetta & Basel Chamber Orchestra22 - 29 November 2015

The Basel Chamber Orchestra makes its Australian debut in these special performances featuring renowned cellist Sol Gabetta. 

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ACO Underground - Hong Kong12 November 2015

ACO Underground makes its Hong Kong debut in an eclectic, genre-bending concert featuring reimagined songs by contemporary and classic composers.
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ACO Underground - Sydney5 November 2015

Directed by Satu Vänskä, this multi-faceted program sprints through centuries of music where the expected and unexpected collide in a unique sound world.
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ACO Uluru Festival30 - 31 October 2015

Three concerts at the Ayers Rock Resort in the spiritual heart of Australia

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Illuminated25 October - 14 November 2015

Across a trio of breathtaking dance pieces, Illuminated offers a radiant marriage of movement, music and live vocals. 

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Tchaikovsky's Serenade23 - 26 October 2015

Tchaikovsky's beautiful Serenade for Strings, Vasks' Vox Amoris and the classical invention of CPE Bach, String Symphony in B-flat major.

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ACO at Emanuel Synagogue 19 October 2015

Hear the acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra in its 40th Anniversary year, for the first time in the elegant surrounds of our own Emanuel Synagogue.

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Mozart's Last Symphonies with Richard Tognetti29 September - 12 October 2015

Richard Tognetti leads the ACO in an all-Mozart program featuring the composers last 3 symphonies.

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Triptych with Sydney Dance Company and ACO225 September - 10 October 2015

Triptych is a thrilling marriage of classical music and dance performed by Sydney Dance Company, ACO2 and one of Australia’s most beloved vocalists, Katie Noonan.
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Olli Mustonen, Bach & Shostakovich12 - 20 September 2015

Olli Mustonen joins the ACO as soloist in Bach’s Concerto for Keyboard, directing Hindemith’s The Four Temperaments from the piano, and then he invites Timo-Veikko Valve to perform the world premiere of his Sonata for Cello and Orchestra.

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The Best of British with Alexander Sitkovetsky and ACO219 - 30 August 2015

The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents ‘The Best of British’ performed by ACO2 and starring international director and violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky. ACO2 brings together musicians from the ACO with the rising stars of Australian music.

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Brahms 3 16 - 26 August 2015

This August, discover the ACO in full symphonic force as Richard Tognetti directs the Orchestra in one of the greatest symphonies of all time, Brahms’ colossal Third Symphony, and takes audiences on a journey through Mozart’s dazzling Sinfonia Concertante and the Overture to his ever-popular The Magic Flute.

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A French Celebration with Susan Graham11 - 22 July 2015

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham is joined by ACO players and guests in this intimate French chamber program.

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ACO Academy10 July 2015

An immersive week of tuition, rehearsal and performance in Sydney, culminates in a free public performance by Australia's most gifted high school music students and the stars of the ACO, at City Recital Hall Angel Place. 

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Egarr & The Golden Age13 - 28 June 2015

Richard Egarr directs a program of music from the 'Golden Age' including works by Purcell, W Lawes, Bach and Haydn.
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Mostly Mendelssohn14 - 25 May 2015

Mendelssohn’s beautiful Violin Concerto, in an intimate arrangement for string orchestra, plus his String Symphony No.9.

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Around the World with Benjamin Schmid and ACO214 - 29 May 2015

The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents ‘Around the World’ performed by ACO2 and starring international director and acclaimed violinist Benjamin Schmid.

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USA Tour 201510 - 26 April 2015

The ACO heads back to the United States in April 2015 with much loved collaborator Martin Fröst for an extensive tour featuring the US premiere of Jonny Greenwood’s Water, and culminating in a performance in Carnegie Hall.
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Reflections on Gallipoli14 - 27 March 2015

Richard Tognetti, large-scale theatre specialist, Nigel Jamieson, and one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, Neil Armfield join forces to present this heartfelt exploration of our ANZAC story through music, spoken text and visual imagery, where an Australian’s elegy for his friend brushes shoulders with the words of the father of modern Turkey. 

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TarraWarra Festival 20157 - 8 March 2015

TarraWarra Festival 2015 offers a blend of fine art, live music and stunning views, featuring intimate concerts led by Richard Tognetti.

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A Night of Nights at Melbourne Synagogue 24 February 2015

The ACO performs Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven in the ornate Melbourne Synagogue.

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The Four Seasons (Feb)9 - 23 February 2015

The ACO performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons and is joined by oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros.

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Vasse Felix Festival 201412 - 14 December 2014

Three concerts at Vasse Felix Winery in WA's Margaret River

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Paganini/Tognetti10 December 2014

Richard Tognetti directs a devilish program of high-octane string works, featuring his arrangement of Hell’s Vengeance Boils in My Heart, and reworked Paganini caprices.

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Marwood's Serenade14 - 30 November 2014

Violinist Anthony Marwood directs a string showcase featuring works by Stravinsky, Dvořák and more.

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Northern Lights Southern Skies13 - 20 November 2014

ACO2 performs concerts in Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Port Arthur and Hobart.

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Tognetti's Beethoven26 October - 3 November 2014

Richard Tognetti directs Beethoven's Symphony No.1, Coriolan–Overture and Triple Concerto plus new work, Water, by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.

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European Tour28 September 2014

Concerts in London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Luxembourg and more.

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Steven Osborne23 August 2014

Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus is a towering specimen of 20th century pianism and on this rare occasion you have the chance to hear it performed by Scottish piano virtuoso Steven Osborne in its entiry.

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Tognetti in Recital22 - 25 August 2014

Richard Tognetti and pianist Steven Osborne's one-night-only recital in Melbourne.

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Intimate Letters18 August - 2 September 2014

A collaboration between ACO and Bell Shakespeare, led by London Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Gordan Nikolic.

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ACO Academy12 July 2014

An immersive week of tuition, rehearsal and performance in Melbourne, culminating in a public performance by Australia's most gifted high school music students and the stars of the ACO, at Melbourne Recital Centre. 

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Piano Quintets10 - 23 July 2014

Dvořák and Shostakovich piano quintets with ACO principal violinist Satu Vänskä and pianist Paavali Jumppanen.

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Mahler 4 & Sibelius 616 - 29 June 2014

Richard Tognetti directs Mahler's 'Heavenly Symphony' No.4 and Sibelius' Symphony No.6.

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Timeline19 May - 4 June 2014

A visual and musical surge through the evolution of music, from 42,000BC to the music of today featuring The Presets.

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ACO2 Tour NSW and Canberra14 - 24 May 2014

ACO2 performs concerts in Canberra, Bathurst and Bellingen. Canberra performances are part of the Canberra International Music Festival.

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Haydn & Italian Cello12 April - 6 May 2014

Passionate Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima stars in Haydn's C major cello concerto and more.

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TarraWarra Festival 20145 - 6 April 2014

An intimate weekend of concerts at the stunning TarraWarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley.

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ACO2 Tour WA3 - 13 April 2014

ACO2 performs concerts in Narrogin, Katanning, Albany, Margaret River, Bunbury, Mandurah and Perth.

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Canada & USA Tour23 - 24 March 2014

Performances in Chicago's Orchestra Hall, a New York nightclub and a new creative residency in Canada.

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Upshaw, Elgar & Grieg7 - 24 February 2014

Acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw sings Grammy Award-winning Winter Morning Walks and Helena Rathbone leads Grieg's Holberg Suite and more.

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Christmas Oratorio15 - 16 December 2013

Bach's Christmas Oratorio directed by Richard Tognetti and featuring the Choir of London.

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Brandenburg Concertos3 - 8 December 2013

The most celebrated music of the Baroque, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

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Mozart Clarinet Concerto14 - 24 November 2013

Extraordinary clarinettist Martin Fröst performs Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and more.

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ACO at Pier 2/32 - 10 November 2013

ACO musicians perform chamber music at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay, Sydney.

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Brahms 4 & Isserlis19 - 29 October 2013

Brahms' Symphony No.4 and Dvořák's Cello Concerto with Steven Isserlis.

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The Crowd11 - 13 October 2013

Richard Tognetti and Jon Frank examine the nature of crowds in this multimedia event.

 

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Scholl sings Vivaldi3 - 9 October 2013

Andreas Scholl sings Vivaldi's Stabat Mater and more. 

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ACO Underground29 September 2013

Electro-acoustic collective ACO Underground perform reimagined songs by Nick Drake, Phil Spector and Nine Inch Nails, new music by Richard Tognetti and excerpts from Underground-favourites George Crumb and Anthony Pateras.

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ACO2 NSW/QLD Tour 20139 - 18 September 2013

ACO2 performs concerts in Mackay, Cairns, Rockhampton, Cleveland, Bangalow, Armidale and Bellingen.

 

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Brahms Piano Quintet12 - 26 August 2013

ACO Principal musicians perform Brahms' Piano Quintet with Jeremy Denk.

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Barefoot Fiddler20 July - 3 August 2013

Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs Bach, Mendelssohn and Ginastera violin concertos.

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ACO Ensemble in Picton19 July - 26 November 2013

An ACO quartet perform masterworks by Mozart and Grieg and are joined by local ensemble the Picton Strings for Bach's celebrated Brandenburg Concerto No.3.

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Matinee for Students12 July - 13 September 2013

Matinee for secondary students. Only schools may book.

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Sydney Dance Company11 July - 14 September 2013

A collaboration between Rafael Bonachela and Richard Tognetti, featuring Lead Violin Dale Barltrop and based on the ballet music of Rameau.

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ACO Academy6 July 2013

The ACO Academy Orchestra's free concert with guitarist Andrey Lebedev.

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Richard Tognetti & ACO213 - 26 June 2013

Richard Tognetti directs ACO2 with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott in music by Vivaldi, Handel, Stravinsky, Bartók and more.

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TarraWarra Festival18 - 19 May 2013

An intimate weekend of concerts at the TarraWarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley.

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Barry Humphries23 April - 8 May 2013

Barry Humphries presents music from Berlin's Weimar Republic featuring cabaret sensation Meow Meow.

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ACO2 & James Crabb VIC Tour19 - 30 April 2013

Accordion player James Crabb joins ACO2 for Piazzolla's tangos and Vivaldi on their concert tour of regional Victoria.

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Hong Kong and USA Tour14 - 23 March 2013

Performances at Hong Kong Arts Festival and University of California, Berkeley.

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The Reef22 February - 4 March 2013

Awe-inspiring footage of Ningaloo Reef, where the desert meets the sea, on the big screen with live music.

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Tognetti's Mozart2 - 16 February 2013

Richard Tognetti performs Mozart's Violin Concerto No.3 and Brett Dean's concerto for electric violin, and directs Mozart and Haydn symphonies.

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Russian Visions10 - 25 November 2012

Music by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, with pianist Steven Osborne.

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Sydney Dance Company29 October - 3 November 2012

A new production by Rafael Bonachela and Richard Tognetti based on the ballet music of Rameau.

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ACO at Pier 2/320 October - 24 November 2012

ACO musicians perform chamber music at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay, Sydney.

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ACO2 Tasmania Tour 201210 - 19 October 2012

ACO2 tour Tasmania.

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Mozart & Handel Concertos6 - 18 October 2012

Baroque music and Mozart with musical firebrand Richard Egarr.

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ACO Ensemble Tours4 September - 13 November 2012

An ensemble of ACO musicians tours to Queensland, Melbourne and Picton.

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2012 European Tour31 August - 15 September 2012

The ACO tours Europe, performing at the Edinburgh and Maribor Festivals and in London.

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Beethoven 94 - 15 August 2012

Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge.

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ACO Academy13 July 2012

The ACO Academy Orchestra makes its debut with guest soloist Emily Sun. 

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Trout Quintet11 - 24 July 2012

Schubert's Trout Quintet and Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.

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The Reef5 - 23 July 2012

A new music and film performance exploring the links between music and the ocean and surfing created at Ningaloo Reef.

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Danielle de Niese7 - 25 June 2012

Danielle de Niese makes her professional debut in the country of her birth. Program includes Mozart's Exsultate jubilate and Schubert's Death and the Maiden.

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ACO2 NSW Tour 20123 - 8 April 2012

ACO2 performs at the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui and in Wollongong.

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Hilliard Ensemble10 - 22 March 2012

The Hilliard Ensemble and ACO perform together for the first time.

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TarraWarra Festival3 - 4 March 2012

The ACO performs three intimate concerts over one weekend at the stunning TarraWarra Museum of Art, in the Yarra Valley an hour from Melbourne.

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Chopin11 - 22 February 2012

Mendelssohn's Octet and Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 with Polina Leschenko. Plus, a demonstration of the ACO's Guarneri, Stradivarius and Guadagnini violins.

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