Australian Chamber Orchestra’s – ACO Collective


Friday 16 September 7.30pm – Margaret River HEART


ACO Collective combines Australia’s most talented emerging string players with the professional musicians of the Australian Chamber Orchestra to create a high-energy 11-piece string orchestra.
ACO Principal Violin Helena Rathbone leads this tour that sees vibrant works by beloved Australians Iain Grandage and Carl Vine join British legends William Walton, Benjamin Britten, and George Frideric Handel. (Handel can absolutely be called a British great. After leaving Germany he lived in England for nearly 50 years!).
Festivities get underway with Handel’s irresistible Concerto Grosso in D major. It is springy and vibrant and paves the way for Vine’s Smith’s Alchemy and Benjamin Britten’s delightful Simple Symphony, written when the composer was just 20 and thus a perfect fit for this ensemble.
Walton’s moving Sonata for String Orchestra has an intriguing West Australian link that adds to its savour. The work was premiered at the 1972 Perth Festival, an event now directed by Grandage. It brings the program to a sublime and uplifting conclusion.

“It’s only half time, and I’m already picking my jaw off the floor at the ACO Collective gig. Programming that puts a spring in the synapses and the playing hasn’t just knocked my socks of, it’s shredded them to pieces!” – THE AGE

Recommended for age 8+. Duration of Show: 1 hour and 35 minutes (including a 20-minute interval). Doors and the bar open at 6.30pm and the performance commences at 7.30pm. 
A limited number of VIP tickets will be available which will include A reserve seating and pre-event/intermission drinks on the mezzanine level. 

Tickets: VIP $65, VIP member $56, Adult $52, Member $45, Youth $25, Family $120 (2A + 2Y)

Presented by Arts Margaret River with support from the Margaret River HEART. 


About the ACO
The Australian Chamber Orchestra lives and breathes music, making waves around the world for their explosive performances and brave interpretations.
Steeped in history but always looking to the future, ACO programs embrace celebrated classics alongside new commissions, and adventurous cross-artform collaborations. Led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti since 1990, the ACO performs more than 100 concerts each year. Whether performing in Manhattan, New York, or Wollongong, NSW, the ACO is unwavering in their commitment to creating transformative musical experiences.

About ACO Collective

ACO Collective features members of the ACO alongside musicians from the ACO Emerging Artist Program – young, professional string players at the outset of their careers.
With Director and Lead Violin Helena Rathbone at the helm, the result is an ensemble full of youthful energy who perform with the dynamism and artistry for which the ACO is renowned.

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