Beethoven’s late string quartets are the mighty pillar on which the Australia Chamber Orchestra’s 2016 season is built. These remarkably complex quartets are the undisputed pinnacle of chamber music-making, like a musical Everest. Even though they were composed in the depths of deafness, Beethoven was at the height of his creative power.
But not even Beethoven was an island. His debt is to Bach and earlier masters like Handel and Vivaldi, while his own influence on later composers remains unquestioned.
With a stellar line-up of international guests joining the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the 2016 season explores the entire canon of classical music, with Beethoven as the centrepiece.
Firebrand Italian, Giovanni Sollima, cellist, conductor and composer, beguiled audiences in 2014 with the infectious exuberance he brings to music. His flair for showmanship can see him go walkabout on the stage as he plays, or ripping out a Jimi Hendrix encore, or performing in an igloo theatre in the Italian Alps on a cello made of ice. He returns for Sequenza Italiana, in 2016 to lead a wild joyride through 500 years of Italian music making.
Cinemusica showcases the combined forces of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and sonic identity, Synergy Percussion, exploring the thrilling possibilities of strings and percussion, and a shared love of film. With audiences hearing works from some of the greatest Hollywood composers; including scores written for Hitchcock’s Pyscho, Kubrick’s The Shining, and Mendes’ American Beauty.
These are only some of the marvellous concerts that the Australian Chamber Orchestra will bring to the Adelaide Town Hall in their 2016 season. For more information or to purchase tickets go to the website at: https://www.aco.com.au/home