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Photographs of the ACO musicians taken during rehearsal by Jamie Williams.

Nicole Divall

A u stralian C H A M B E R ORCHESTRA “If there’s a better chamber orchestra in the world today, I haven’t heard it.” The Guardian, 2011

Internationally renowned for inspired programming and the rapturous response of audiences and critics, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is a product of our country’s vibrant, adventurous and enquiring spirit. In performances across Australia, around the world and on many recordings, the ACO moves hearts and stimulates minds with repertoire spanning six centuries and a vitality and virtuosity unmatched by other ensembles. Richard Tognetti has been Artistic Director and Lead Violin since 1989. Under his inspiring leadership, the ACO performs as a flexible and versatile ‘ensemble of soloists’, on modern and period instruments, as a chamber group, symphony orchestra and electroacoustic collective. The ACO’s unique artistic style encompasses masterworks of the classical repertoire, innovative cross-artform projects and a vigorous commissioning program.

Several of the musicians perform with spectacularly fine instruments by history’s finest makers, including Stradivarius, Guarneri del Gesù, Guadagnini and A.E. Smith. Fifty-three international tours across Asia, Europe and the USA have drawn outstanding reviews for the ACO’s performances at the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein. The ACO has 40 CDs and DVDs for sale at, including the three-time ARIA Award-winning Bach CDs and the internationally acclaimed Mozart Violin Concertos and Grieg recordings.

Richard Tognetti Artistic Director Helena Rathbone Principal Violin Satu Vänskä Principal Violin Madeleine Boud Violin Rebecca Chan Violin Aiko Goto Violin Mark Ingwersen Violin Ilya Isakovich Violin Christopher Moore Principal Viola Nicole Divall Viola Timo-Veikko Valve Principal Cello Melissa Barnard Cello Julian Thompson Cello Maxime Bibeau Principal Double Bass PART-TIME MUSICIANS Zoë Black Violin Veronique Serret Violin Caroline Henbest Viola Daniel Yeadon Cello

Maxime Bibeau

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There’s a particular wine maker in the Hunter Valley who attracts a scornful chuckle each year, making the claim that his present vintage is the best. I’ve waited 23 years to make this claim and I’m not going to now, but when we can boast Steven Isserlis’ Dvořak, Martin Frost’s Mozart, Jeremy Denk’s Ives, Andreas Scholl’s Vivaldi and Brahms’ Symphony No.4, I hope you understand that you wouldn’t have to force the claim out of me. The Australian debut of The Crowd, the return of The Reef and Project Rameau, and the launch of ACO2 into our national subscription series afford me additional satisfaction.

Best wishes, Richard Tognetti

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The ACO+ package features concerts which combine musical genres or artforms. In 2013, 3-concert ACO+ packages are available in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and feature The Reef, Barry Humphries, Sydney Dance Company and The Crowd. See page 19 for package details.

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NEW SERIES In 2013, these two additional new series are offered. Go to page 20 to see which concerts are included in the series. Melbourne Recital Centre Series Three evening concerts at Melbourne Recital Centre. The concerts performed at Melbourne Recital Centre and the Arts Centre Melbourne are not the same, so you may subscribe to both series. Sydney Friday Matinee Series Seven concerts on Fridays at 1.30pm at City Recital Hall Angel Place, featuring the same concerts as the evening series.


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WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO THE TARRAWARRA FESTIVAL WITH VIRGIN AUSTRALIA Subscribe by 21 September 2012 and you will automatically go into the draw to win a trip for two to the ACO’s festival at the TarraWarra Museum of Art on 18-19 May 2013. Courtesy of Principal Partner Virgin Australia, the prize includes return business class flights for two to Melbourne from your nearest capital city, plus accommodation for two in the Yarra Valley on 17, 18 and 19 May, car hire for four days and tickets to the festival concerts and gala dinner. Terms and conditions available at PRINCIPAL PARTNER

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T ognetti ’ s MOZART Presented by Virgin Australia

HAYDN Symphony No.49, “La passione” DEAN Electric Preludes* (Australian Premiere) MOZART Violin Concerto No.3 MOZART Symphony No.25 Richard Tognetti Director & Violin The opportunity to hear Richard Tognetti perform one of Mozart’s enchanting, theatrical violin concertos is not to be missed. Tognetti’s Mozart recordings have been singled out by critics internationally as arguably the best on offer.

“Tognetti and his fellow musicians bring this music to life in ways I hadn’t previously imagined.” MusicWeb International

“I can think of few other recordings of these pieces that so consistently grab the listener’s attention.” International Record Review Mozart’s Symphony No.25 is the dramatic opening music in the film Amadeus and was inspired by Haydn’s thrilling Sturm und Drang symphonies, such as No.49. Australian composer Brett Dean received one of the world’s most prestigious composition prizes, the Grawemeyer Award, for his violin concerto, so we await his electric violin concerto for Richard Tognetti with much anticipation. Adelaide Tue 5 Feb 8pm Canberra Sat 2 Feb 8pm Melbourne – Arts Centre Sun 3 Feb 2.30pm, Mon 4 Feb 8pm Perth Wed 6 Feb 7.30pm Sydney – City Recital Hall Angel Place Tue 12 Feb 8pm, Wed 13 Feb 7pm, Fri 15 Feb 1.30pm, Sat 16 Feb 7pm Sydney Opera House Sun 10 Feb 2pm * Brett Dean’s Electric Preludes has been commissioned for Richard Tognetti, the ACO and Festival Maribor by Jan Minchin. PRINCIPAL PARTNER

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THE REEF Presented by IBM

“It’s a virtuosic display...Technique, fearlessness, grace: the analogy between surfers and musicians needs little elaboration.” The Australian

ALICE IN CHAINS Them Bones, Angry Chair  BACH Sonata No.1, BWV1001: Fugue  BEETHOVEN String Quartet, Op.130: Cavatina  CRUMB Black Angels (excerpts) DEAN Electric Preludes: Peripeteia GRANDAGE/ATKINS Immutable  KILAR Orawa LIGETI Ramifications PIGRAM Raindancing, Mimi RACHMANINOV Vocalise  RAMEAU Les Boréades: Les Vents SEEGER Where Have All the Flowers Gone SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony, Op.110a: Allegro Molto TOGNETTI/GRANDAGE Beyond TOGNETTI Heart of The Black Beast, Bathymetry  Arrangements by Tognetti and Grandage

In May, Richard Tognetti took a crew of surfers, musicians and film makers to Ningaloo Reef, where the desert meets the sea. They spent two unforgettable weeks surfing, making music and filming and the result is The Reef.

Footage by Mick Sowry and Jon Frank projected onto a screen on stage. Concept by Richard Tognetti.

Newcastle Thu 28 Feb 7.30pm

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin Mick Sowry Director & Producer Jon Frank Director of Photography Derek Hynd Director of Surfing Mark Atkins Didgeridoo Stephen Pigram Voice & Guitar Satu Vänskä Violin & Voice Julian Thompson Cello 4

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Immerse yourself in Jon Frank’s images of the ocean, the world’s best fin-free surfers, the arid desert landscape and the starry sky, as an incredible array of music swirls around you. It will alter your perception of a classical music concert through the prism of a transendental surf film. You’ll never forget it. Brisbane Fri 22 Feb 8pm Canberra Sat 2 Mar 8pm Melbourne – Arts Centre Sun 24 Feb 2.30pm, Mon 25 Feb 8pm

Sydney Opera House Mon 4 Mar 8pm Wollongong Fri 1 Mar 7.30pm NATIONAL TOUR AND FOUNDING PARTNER

BARRY HUMPHRIES’ B E R L I N C ab A ret Presented by BNP Paribas

“The greatest performer in Australian history.” The Spectator Australia

Barry Humphries

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin Barry Humphries Conférencier

Adelaide Tue 7 May 8pm

Music from the Weimar Republic, selected, presented and performed by Barry Humphries and guest artists. Includes music by Weill, Eisler, Holländer, Schulhoff and more.

Brisbane Wed 1 May 8pm

German art, especially music, reached its transcendent heights at the turn of the 20th Century but when the First World War shattered Romanticism, music shifted from the gilded stages of the Vienna Court Opera and the Musikverein to the underground world of Berlin’s cabaret scene. While Schoenberg’s circle was keeping lofty ideals alive in the salon in the 1920s and 30s, down in the basement an increasingly permissive Berlin society trashed tradition and played for shock value. High art bumped into low-life, the playful brushed up against the seedy and Dada acts shared the stage with strippers – all under the command of the conférencier, the Master of Ceremonies.

Melbourne – Arts Centre Sun 5 May 2.30pm, Mon 6 May 8pm Perth Wed 8 May 7.30pm Sydney – City Recital Hall Angel Place Tue 23 Apr 8pm, Wed 24 Apr 7pm, Fri 26 Apr 1.30pm, Sat 27 Apr 7pm Sydney Opera House Fri 3 May 8pm NATIONAL TOUR PARTNER

As a boy growing up in post-war Melbourne, Barry Humphries discovered the music of the Weimar Republic through Jewish émigrés programming ABC Radio, sparking a lifelong obsession with the art and music of this wicked and turbulent era.

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“fearless player” New York Times

Daniel Müller-Schott

VIVALDI Concerto for two cellos, RV531 RAUTAVAARA The Fiddlers STRAVINSKY Concerto in D VIVALDI Cello Concerto RV413 in G HANDEL Concerto Grosso No.11 in A BLOCH From Jewish Life BARTÓK Divertimento

We also celebrate the return to Australia of magnetic young German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, performing two Vivaldi Cello Concertos and Bloch’s intensely melancholic From Jewish Life. He will spar with our own principal cellist Timo-Veikko Valve in Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos.

AC O2 Richard Tognetti Director & Violin Daniel Müller-Schott Cello Timo-Veikko Valve Cello

Brisbane Mon 17 Jun 8pm

We’ve been keeping a secret.

Melbourne – Arts Centre Sun 23 Jun 2.30pm, Mon 24 Jun 8pm

Our second orchestra, AC O2, garners enormous enthusiasm as it tours


Adelaide Tue 18 Jun 8pm

Canberra Sat 15 Jun 8pm

the length and breadth of Australia, but few of our subscribers have had the chance to hear it. It’s time to let you in on the secret as AC O2 embarks on its first national subscription tour, led by Richard Tognetti and our principal musicians and featuring some of Australia’s finest young string players.

Newcastle Thu 13 Jun 7.30pm

Featuring several of the greatest works for string orchestra, this program showcases AC O2’s virtuosity and vivacity, in high-octane Baroque and neoclassical music.

Sydney Opera House Sun 16 Jun 2pm

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Sydney – City Recital Hall Angel Place Fri 21 Jun 1.30pm, Sat 22 Jun 7pm, Tue 25 Jun 8pm, Wed 26 Jun 7pm

PROJECT RAMEAU RAMEAU Dances from Dardanus, Les Boréades, Hippolyte et Aricie, Platée, Pigmalion and others Sydney Dance Company Rafael Bonachela Artistic Director & Choreographer Helena Rathbone Lead Violin We share the stage with the Sydney Dance Company in this production by Rafael Bonachela and Richard Tognetti, sparked by their mutual passion for Rameau’s perfumed and powerful French Baroque dance music. Rameau’s flair for rhythm and melody, and feeling for choreography, leads many to name him one of the greatest-ever ballet composers, certainly the most influential. Bonachela’s dynamic choreography, innate musicality and theatricality serve to illuminate this brilliant music. Brisbane – QPAC Playhouse (Presented with QPAC) Thu 11 Jul 7.30pm, Fri 12 Jul 7.30pm, Sat 13 Jul 2pm & 7.30pm Canberra Theatre Centre (Presented with CTC) Thu 12 Sep 7.30pm, Fri 13 Sep 7.30pm, Sat 14 Sep 7.30pm

Madeleine Boud and Thomas Bradley

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B arefoot fiddle R BACH Concerto for three violins, BWV1064 MOZART Adagio and Fugue GINASTERA Concerto for strings MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in D minor Patricia Kopatchinskaja Guest Director & Violin A free spirit who approaches music with an unquenchable sense of fun and discovery, Patricia Kopatchinskaja is a joy to play with and watch. Patricia performs Bach and Mendelssohn violin concertos and a haunting work by Argentinian composers Ginastera, featuring solos for five principal musicians. Trust this enchanting violinist with your ears and she’ll lead you a merry dance, bare feet and all. Adelaide Tue 23 Jul 8pm Brisbane Mon 29 Jul 8pm Canberra Sat 27 Jul 8pm Melbourne – Arts Centre Sun 21 Jul 2.30pm, Mon 22 Jul 8pm Perth Wed 24 Jul 7.30pm Sydney – City Recital Hall Angel Place Tue 30 Jul 8pm, Wed 31 Jul 7pm, Fri 2 Aug 1.30pm, Sat 3 Aug 7pm Sydney Opera House Sun 28 Jul 2pm Wollongong Sat 20 Jul 7.30pm

“sheer fun of music making” Limelight


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Patricia Kopatchinskaja

brahms piano q u intet

“born story-teller” Concertonet

Jeremy Denk

BACH Canons on a Goldberg Ground, BWV1087 NANCARROW Two Canons for Ursula IVES Concord Sonata (excerpts) BRAHMS Piano Quintet Richard Tognetti Director & Violin Satu Vänskä Violin Christopher Moore Viola Timo-Veikko Valve Cello Jeremy Denk Piano Brahms’ Piano Quintet, both powerful and tender, is one of the masterworks of 19th-century chamber music, almost symphonic in its breadth and depth. Known for sharp, vibrant performances of programs that are anything but conventional, Jeremy Denk is America’s most communicative pianist, as a writer, programmer and, most importantly, performer. He is able to take some of the most complex music written and make it sing. Together we will explore Bach and Nancarrow canons.

Adelaide Tue 13 Aug 8pm Melbourne Recital Centre Mon 26 Aug 8pm Newcastle Mon 12 Aug 7.30pm Perth Wed 14 Aug 7.30pm Sydney – City Recital Hall Angel Place Sat 17 Aug 7pm, Tue 20 Aug 8pm, Wed 21 Aug 7pm, Fri 23 Aug 1.30pm Wollongong Sat 24 Aug 7.30pm

Denk describes Ives’ Concord Sonata as “one of the most profoundly nostalgic and tender projects in all of music.” It is this American pianist’s calling card, vividly portraying the idealism, strength, hope, and fierce individuality inherent in the American ethos.

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A ndreas scholl sings vivaldi Presented by Transfield

VIVALDI Concerto Grosso, RV117 SCHNITTKE String Quartet No.3 PÄRT Es sang von langen Jahren GLASS Songs from the Book of Longing GLASS String Quartet No.5, Mvt.5 PÄRT Da Pacem Domine VIVALDI Stabat Mater

Melbourne Recital Centre Mon 7 Oct 8pm

Andreas Scholl Counter Tenor Helena Rathbone Violin Rebecca Chan Violin Christopher Moore Viola Timo-Veikko Valve Cello Maxime Bibeau Double Bass


Sydney – City Recital Hall Angel Place Fri 4 Oct 1.30pm, Sat 5 Oct 7pm, Tue 8 Oct 8pm, Wed 9 Oct 7pm Wollongong Thu 3 Oct 7.30pm

Andreas Scholl is famous worldwide for his stylish performances of Baroque music and it is uplifting to perform Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with him, as it is to begin the concert with Vivaldi’s sprightly Concerto Grosso RV117. Excitingly, in this concert, Scholl fulfils a longheld desire to match contemporary music with the Baroque. Arvo Pärt’s vocal lines are as consoling and ideal for the intense beauty of Scholl’s voice as Vivaldi’s. Philip Glass sets Leonard Cohen’s poetry in songs from the Book of Longing. After these moments of reflection, full-throttle quartets by Schnittke and Glass.


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“luminous voice” Daily Telegraph

Andreas Scholl


CHOPIN Nocturne No.7 CRUMB Black Angels: Bones and Flutes DEAN Dispersal DEBUSSY Syrinx FELDMAN Three Voices: Slow Waltz LEIFS Quartetto III, “El Greco”: Mvt.4 SCHUBERT Symphony No.8, “Unfinished”: Mvt.1 SHOSTAKOVICH The Age of Gold: Polka SIBELIUS Kuolema: Scenes with Cranes, Scene VI TOGNETTI Battle for the Crowd, Mosh Maggot, Chorale, Rain, Ecstasis, Bells, Train TRAD. ICELANDIC (arr. Stearne) Fagurt er í Fjörðum Footage by Jon Frank projected onto a screen on stage. Concept by Richard Tognetti and Jon Frank. Richard Tognetti Director Jon Frank Film Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Orchestra, with the ACO

Richard Tognetti writes: “What is it we feel when part of a crowd? Is it fear or empowerment? Do we lose ourselves, or find our real selves? Is a crowd a mob, an ignorant mass of unthinking beings? Or is it an intelligent body, capable of thought processes and invention of which individuals alone would not be capable? We spend much of our life in crowds: when we go to the football or attend a concert, when we cross the street at peak hour, when we worship, mourn, protest or feast, we often do so as part of a crowd. The Crowd examines the nature of the crowd, in its many manifestations, both human and in the natural world.” With more than a hundred people on stage, two thousand in the audience and countless thousands from all walks of life projected onto the big screen, it’s time for you to join the crowd. Melbourne – Palais Theatre Fri 11 Oct 8pm Sydney Opera House Sun 13 Oct 2pm

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B rahms 4 & STEVEN ISSERLIS DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto BRAHMS Symphony No.4

“unrivalled intensity” The Guardian

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin Steven Isserlis Cello

Adelaide Tue 22 Oct 8pm

The Fourth is Brahms’ final powerful symphonic statement. Here, Brahms takes flight, as he melds the soaring sounds of Romanticism to classical structure in a constantly evolving drama.

Brisbane Mon 28 Oct 8pm

Brahms premiered the symphony with a small orchestra of forty-eight musicians, which he declined to augment. We follow his lead and perform with wind instruments from Brahms’ time. Steven Isserlis is one of our favourite collaborators – the epitome of the intelligent and passionate cellist. There could be no better soloist for Dvořák’s ardent and much-loved concerto. Isserlis first played it as a child. “I used to think it was so joyous,” he says. “As I’ve got older, the more tragic it seems.”

Canberra Sat 19 Oct 8pm Melbourne – Arts Centre Sun 20 Oct 2.30pm, Mon 21 Oct 8pm Perth Wed 23 Oct 7.30pm Sydney Opera House Sun 27 Oct 2pm, Tue 29 Oct 8pm

“Unrivalled intensity” The Guardian


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“Until you’ve heard Martin Fröst, you really haven’t heard the clarinet.” The Times Martin Fröst

RAUTAVAARA A Finnish Myth DENISOV Selections from Paganini Caprices G FRÖST New Work Broadstock Never Truly Lost (World Premiere)* MOZART Symphony No.21 MOZART Clarinet Concerto Satu Vänskä Lead Violin Martin Fröst Clarinet

Canberra Sat 16 Nov 8pm

Martin Fröst’s recent concerts with us were a sensation. He is probably the greatest clarinettist in the world, but more than that, he’s a marvellous communicator and fantastic to watch. Astonishingly, he can dance while he plays, and his brother’s new work has him performing as a marionette!

Melbourne – Arts Centre Sun 17 Nov 2.30pm, Mon 18 Nov 8pm

Martin Fröst’s recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto was named the best in the world by Classica-Répertoire magazine and his performance has been watched more than half a million times on YouTube – testament to the popularity of both musician and work.

Newcastle Thu 14 Nov 7.30pm Sydney – City Recital Hall Angel Place Tue 19 Nov 8pm, Wed 20 Nov 7pm, Fri 22 Nov 1.30pm, Sat 23 Nov 7pm Sydney Opera House Sun 24 Nov 2pm

Satu Vänskä leads music from her homeland Finland and plays Paganini-inspired music on the ACO’s Stradivarius violin. * Commissioned by Rob and Nancy Pallin for Rob’s 70th birthday, in memory of Rob’s father, Paddy Pallin.

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Timo-Veikko Valve

BACH B  randenburg Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 Richard Tognetti Director & Violin Begin the festive season with the most celebrated music of the Baroque, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. To perform this extroverted, colourful music, we’re assembling a remarkable ensemble of Baroque specialists from around the world. Richard Tognetti, winner of three ARIA Awards for Bach recordings, directs. Brisbane (Concertos 1, 2, 3, 4) Tue 3 Dec 8pm Melbourne Recital Centre (Concertos 1, 2, 3, 6) Wed 4 Dec 8pm Sydney Opera House (Concertos 1, 2, 3, 6) Sun 8 Dec 2pm


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“Not just one of the greatest composers who ever lived. Absolutely the greatest. Any doubts about the status of Johann Sebastian Bach were banished by the ACO’s program. And about the encyclopaedic knowledge and penetrating perception of leader Richard Tognetti, not to mention his inspired playing.” Adelaide Advertiser


BACH Christmas Oratorio Richard Tognetti Conductor & Lead Violin Choir of London This Christmas, hear Bach’s joyful telling of the Christmas story. The Christmas Oratorio comprises six cantatas, each depicting a scene from Christ’s birth. Richard Tognetti directs from the lead violin with his trademark infectious vigour. Those who attended our recent Beethoven 9 concerts will attest to Richard’s captivating ability to marshal orchestral and choral forces. A review in The Age read: “Tognetti’s direction energised all his artists to deliver a jubilant performance”. We are joined by acclaimed singers from the Choir of London who are hand-picked from Britain’s leading choral baroque specialists, professional choirs and opera companies. These performances of the Christmas Oratorio, in the week before Christmas are an event not to be missed. Sydney Opera House Mon 16 Dec 6.30pm Melbourne – Arts Centre Thu 19 Dec 6.30pm Each performance is approximately 4 hours long, including interval

Choir of London: “English choral singing at its very best.” Edinburgh Guide


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F estivals Three intimate weekend-long festivals in three extraordinary locations. NISEKO WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL 12–14 January The Niseko ski fields in Hokkaido, Japan, are famous for powder snow, stunning views, amazing food and the number of Australians who visit each winter. This January, join us for the Niseko Winter Music Festival, three days of concerts, skiing and more. Concert details and bookings at Renaissance Tours has tailored a ski holiday package especially for Festival attendees, including flights, accommodation, meals, lift passes, Festival tickets and special events. For more information, visit or call 1300 727 095.

TARRAWARRA FESTIVAL 18–19 May TarraWarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley makes a stunning location for this weekend festival for just 200 guests. The Festival includes three concerts, a master class, gala dinner and guided tours of the Museum’s exhibition of abstract art. Festival packages and concert tickets may now be booked at

VASSE FELIX FESTIVAL 6–8 December 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, AC O2 performs three concerts at the Vasse Felix Art Gallery, each with beautiful dining packages. If you’d like to join us, please email


FLY VIRGIN AUSTRALIA Visit for Virgin Australia flight offers to the TarraWarra and Vasse Felix Festivals.


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INTERNATIONAL TOURS After 481 concerts in 260 cities across 36 countries on 53 international tours, we weren’t at all offended by this review we received after our Carnegie Hall concert in New York last year: “Confined to a sparsely populated, predominantly scrubland atoll near the bottom of the planet, hounded by fierce koala bears and the sinister wallaby, it comes as no surprise that, even after 37 years, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has no idea about the protocol of Manhattan music-making. How dare they begin a concert by layering an American Crumb cake with a filling of Austrian Webern? What gives their Music Director the right to orchestrate perfectly decent Schubert and Schumann lieder, or turning a Grieg string quartet into a string symphony?... The esteemed Richard Tognetti – virtuoso violinist, composer, arranger, the man who taught Russell Crowe to handle a fiddle in a movie – stands with his 17-person orchestra, gives the downbeat and plays his Guarneri del Gesù with aplomb, élan and other words not usually associated with Australia.” Concertonet

2013 INTERNATIONAL TOURS Japan 12–14 January Three concerts at the Niseko Winter Music Festival. See Hong Kong 14–16 March Four concerts at Hong Kong Arts Festival. See United States 22–23 March Two concerts at the University of California, Berkeley. See

Rebecca Chan

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AC O 2

Helena Rathbone

AC O2 has developed into an outstanding ensemble with a busy national touring program, performing concerts and working with students in nearly one hundred regional centres in every state in Australia. For concert details and bookings visit

VICTORIA TOUR 19–30 April Benalla, Bendigo, Horsham, Melbourne, Mildura, Sale, Warburton. With classical accordion player James Crabb.

NATIONAL TOUR 13–26 June Led by Richard Tognetti. See page 6 for details.

NEW SOUTH WALES & QUEENSLAND TOUR 9–20 September Armidale, Bangalow, Bellingen, Cairns, Cleveland, Mackay, Rockhampton. Led by Helena Rathbone.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA TOUR 7–9 December Vasse Felix Festival. See page 16 for details.


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ACO ACADEMY Secondary students come together for a week of rehearsals and performances in July. Program details will be published at

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To see which performances are included in your subscription series, see the next page.

RENEWING SUBSCRIBERS To keep your seats, please return the personalised renewal form you received with your brochure or renew online by logging into by 21 September 2012, after which non-renewed seats will be released.


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On the booking form, we ask for a tax-deductible donation to be included with your subscription payment. We request this contribution to help offset the ever-increasing cost of maintaining the ACO as Australia’s finest orchestra and to provide essential support for the ACO’s education work. Unlike the symphony orchestras, which are generously funded with up to 70% of their costs from the government, the ACO receives less than 20% of its revenue from government sources and relies on the generosity of our subscribers and supporters. We thank you for your contribution.



If you are aged under 30 you can save up to 50%. Please enclose photocopied proof of age with your booking form.

ACO+ packages feature concerts which combine artforms and musical genres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The following concerts are included. For prices, see the booking form.

Please complete the booking form in this brochure, subscribe at or phone 1800 444 444.


PROCESSING OF SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATIONS Tickets will be allocated primarily in date order of receipt within each subscription category. The categories are prioritised as follows: renewing subscriptions without changes; renewing subscriptions with changes; new subscriptions. Tickets are subject to availability. Tickets will be mailed by December 2012. Requests for a seating change must be made when renewing. Changes, where possible, will be made primarily in date order of receipt. Where it is not possible to satisfy a change request, the original seats will be re-allocated. Your credit card will be debited or your cheque banked on receipt of your application. If you choose to pay in two instalments, you will be charged 50% on receipt of your application and 50% in December 2012.

TICKET EXCHANGE AND REPLACEMENT After 5 December 2012, subscription tickets can be exchanged to another concert, subject to availability. Tickets are transferable and able to be replaced if you lose them. Tickets are not refundable. For terms and conditions of sale, see The ACO reserves the right to change programs, artists and venues without notice.

Brisbane The Reef 22 Feb Barry Humphries 1 May Sydney Dance Company 11, 12 or 13 July Melbourne The Reef 24 or 25 Feb Barry Humphries 5 or 6 May The Crowd 11 Oct Sydney The Reef 4 Mar Barry Humphries 3 May The Crowd 13 Oct

GIFTS Experiences make the best gifts. Consider giving an ACO subscription, or visit for gift certificates and CDs.

SINGLE TICKET SALES Single tickets and Choose 3 packages go on sale on Wednesday 5 December 2012. Visit or phone 1800 444 444 on 5 December for prices, availability and bookings.

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BRISBANE QPAC Concert Hall, 8pm

Fri 22 Feb

27 Jul

19 Oct 16 Nov

2 Feb

2 Mar

15 Jun 12, 13, 14 Sep

Additional performances MELBOURNE Arts Centre, Sun 2.30pm

3 Feb

24 Feb 5 May

23 Jun

21 Jul

20 Oct 17 Nov

MELBOURNE Arts Centre, Mon 8pm

4 Feb

25 Feb 6 May

24 Jun

22 Jul

21 Oct 18 Nov

MELBOURNE Recital Centre, 8pm

Mon 26 Aug

Mon 7 Oct

Wed 4 Dec Fri 11 Oct

Additional Concerts NEWCASTLE City Hall, 7.30pm


Tue 3 Dec

11, 12, 13 Jul

Additional performances CANBERRA Llewellyn Hall, Sat 8pm

Thu 28 Feb

Thu 13 Jun

19 & 20 Dec

Mon 12 Aug

Thu 14 Nov

PERTH Concert Hall, Wed 7.30pm

6 Feb

8 May

24 Jul

SYDNEY City Recital Hall, Tue 8pm

12 Feb

23 Apr 25 Jun

30 Jul 20 Aug 8 Oct

19 Nov

SYDNEY City Recital Hall, Wed 7pm

13 Feb

24 Apr 26 Jun

31 Jul

21 Aug

9 Oct

20 Nov

SYDNEY City Recital Hall, Fri 1.30pm

15 Feb

26 Apr

21 Jun

2 Aug

23 Aug

4 Oct

22 Nov

SYDNEY City Recital Hall, Sat 7pm

16 Feb

27 Apr

22 Jun

3 Aug

17 Aug

5 Oct

23 Nov

SYDNEY Opera House, Sun 2pm

10 Feb

16 Jun

28 Jul

Additional Concerts

Mon 4 Mar

WOLLONGONG Town Hall, 7.30pm

Fri 1 Mar

Christmas Oratorio

Mon 28 Oct

Brandenburg Concertos

Mon 29 Jul

Mozart Clarinet

Mon 17 Jun

Brahms 4 & Isserlis

Wed 1 May

The Crowd

22 Oct

Scholl’s Vivaldi

23 Jul 13 Aug

Brahms Quintet

18 Jun

Barefoot Fiddler

7 May

Sydney Dance


5 Feb

Barry Humphries

ADELAIDE Town Hall, Tue 8pm

The Reef

Tognetti’s Mozart

This shows which concerts are included in each subscription series. For prices, see the booking form. For ACO+ packages, see page 19.

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23 Oct

13 Oct 27 Oct 24 Nov 8 Dec

Fri 3 May

Tue 29 Oct Sat 20 Jul

Sat 24 Aug

Thu 3 Oct

16 & 17 Dec

Veronique Serret ZoĂŤ Black

Caroline Henbest Daniel Yeadon

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P atrons We offer our heartfelft thanks to our Patrons for their visionary support. ACO INSTRUMENT FUND Peter Weiss AM, Patron The ACO has established its Instrument Fund, to offer patrons and wholesale investors the opportunity to participate in the ownership of a bank of historic stringed instruments. The Fund’s first asset is Australia’s only Stradivarius violin, now on loan to Satu Vänskä, Principal Violin. The ACO pays tribute to the Founding Patrons of the Fund, who have made donations to the Orchestra to assist the Fund to acquire the Stradivarius violin. VISIONARY - $1m+ Peter Weiss AM CONCERTO - $200,000 – $499,999 Naomi Milgrom AO OCTET - $100,000 – $199,999 Amina Belgiorno-Nettis QUARTET - $50,000 – $99,999 John Leece OAM & Anne Leece


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MEDICI PROGRAM In the time-honoured tradition of the great Medici family, the ACO’s Medici Patrons support individual players’ Chairs and assist the Orchestra to attract and retain musicians of the highest calibre. Mrs Amina Belgiorno-Nettis, Patron PRINCIPAL CHAIRS

Christopher Moore – Principal Viola Tony Shepherd AO Timo-Veikko Valve – Principal Cello Peter Weiss AM Maxime Bibeau – Principal Double Bass John Taberner & Grant Lang CORE CHAIRS Aiko Goto – Violin Andrew & Hiroko Gwinnett Mark Ingwersen – Violin

Ilya Isakovich – Violin Australian Communities Foundation – Connie & Craig Kimberley Fund Madeleine Boud – Violin Terry Campbell AO & Christine Campbell Rebecca Chan – Violin Ian Wallace & Kay Freedman Nicole Divall – Viola Ian Lansdown Viola Chair Philip Bacon AM Melissa Barnard – Cello The Bruce & Joy Reid Foundation Julian Thompson – Cello The Clayton Family GUEST CHAIRS Brian Nixon – Principal Timpani Mr Robert Albert AO & Mrs Libby Albert FRIENDS OF MEDICI Mr R Bruce Corlett AM & Mrs Ann Corlett

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Richard Tognetti AO – Artisitic Director Michael Ball AM & Daria Ball Joan Clemenger Wendy Edwards Prudence MacLeod

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Helena Rathbone – Principal Violin

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Aiko Goto

“The ACO’s playing is consistently ‘alive’, perhaps because its musicians are always bouncing off each other in a spirit of fun.” The Telegraph, UK

Melissa Barnard


Picture credits: Outside and inside covers, and pages 1, 2, 14, 17, 18, 21 Jamie Williams; Page 3 Helen White; Page 4 Jon Frank; Page 5 Greg Gorman; Page 6 Christine Schneider; Page 7 Justin Ridler; Page 8 Marco Borggreve; Page 9 Michael Wilson; Page 10 James McMillan/Decca; Page 12 Satoshi Aoyagi; Page 13 Mats Bäcker; Page 15 Sheila Rock/Decca.

Ilya Isakovich

Christopher Moore

“For vitality, elegance, playfulness and technical prowess – all the qualities you want in a chamber ensemble, really – it would be hard to top the ACO.” San Francisco Chronicle

Satu Vänskä

“Intensity and virtuosity are hallmarks of this orchestra.” New York Times, 2012

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ACO 2013 National Concert Season Brochure  

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