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An ensemble of passion and virtuosity

“One of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world.” The Guardian, UK

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is renowned for inspired programming and unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality. Its unique programming spans six centuries, spanning popular masterworks, adventurous cross-artform projects and specially commissioned pieces.

Founded in 1975, the string ensemble comprises leading Australian and international musicians and a growing company of dedicated young players. Outstanding Australian violinist Richard Tognetti has been at the helm since 1989, expanding the Orchestra’s national program, spearheading regular international tours and transforming the ACO into a vibrant ensemble that has become famous around the world.

2019 Season

Moving seamlessly through experimental collaborations, celebrated classics and music by some of the most revered and innovative composers of today, ACO 2019 is a multi-sensory journey that pushes the very concept of a ‘chamber orchestra’ to new heights.

Arvo Pärt & JS Bach

Sat 2 Feb 7pm, Tue 5 Feb 8pm, Wed 6 Feb 7pm

The famed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir join Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra for a concert that will reach celestial heights.

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Beethoven & Prokofiev

Tue 12 Mar 8pm, Wed 13 Mar 7pm, Fri 15 Mar 1:30pm, Sat 16 Mar 7pm

Fiery Italian violinist Lorenza Borrani returns as Guest Director in a concert of emotionally-charged music from Prokofiev and Beethoven.

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Branford Marsalis

Sat 18 May 7pm, Tue 21 May 8pm, Wed 22 May 7pm

The American saxophone virtuoso makes his ACO debut in a Latin American jazz inspired program directed by ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä.

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Indies & Idols

Tue 25 June 8pm, Wed 26 June 7pm, Fri 28 June 1:30pm, Sat 29 June 7pm

Compositions from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and Sufjan Stevens presented alongside some of their shared musical influences: Polish composers Szymanowski and Lutosławski.

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Sat 17 Aug 7pm, Tue 20 Aug 8pm, Wed 21 Aug 7pm, Fri 23 Aug 1:30pm

Ten years since its last performance, the ACO bring back their ground-breaking musical and visual collaboration with photographer Bill Henson, revived and refreshed with singer-songwriter Lior.

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Celebrating Mozart

Thu 12 Sep 7pm, Tue 17 Sep 8pm

Pianist Dejan Lazić reunites with old friend Richard Tognetti for a celebration of Mozart’s symphonies and concertos.

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Intimate Bach

Sat 19 Oct 7pm, Tue 22 Oct 8pm, Wed 23 Oct 7pm, Fri 25 Oct 1:30pm

Richard Tognetti is joined by Brett Dean, Erin Helyard and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve for a celebration of Bach’s genius.

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Brahms & Dvořák

Sat 16 Nov 7pm, Tue 19 Nov 8pm, Wed 20 Nov 7pm, Fri 22 Nov 1:30pm

An exuberant end to ACO’s 2019 concert season, featuring Brahms’s Double Concerto, performed by Richard Tognetti and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve, and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony.

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