Bringing together the best of Australia’s young emerging classical musical talent, A CO2 is set to commence its The Best of British August tour led by acclaimed guest director and lead violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky.
The Best of British tour draws on a rich body of British compositions from the Baroque period through to the 20th century, combining much-loved music by Handel, Purcell, Holst and Britten with the exquisite violin concerto by Sir Andrzej Panufnik, a highly respected 20th-century composer and conductor who escaped communist controlled Poland in the 1950s to make the UK his home.
Rob Stobbe, CEO of Country Arts SA principal corporate partner, SA Power Networks said, “A CO2 connects the elite musicians of the ACO with Australia’s most talented young professional musicians at the outset of their careers, creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. We’re certainly looking forward to hearing these young musicians take on some of the best compositions from the UK.”
A CO2 is the critically acclaimed string ensemble that delivers the Australian Symphony Orchestra (ASO)’s regional touring and education programs. It connects the elite musicians of the ACO with Australia’s most talented young professional musicians at the outset of their careers, creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. In 2015, A CO2 is showcasing the talents of emerging artists Harry Bennetts, Madeleine Jevons, Amy Brookman (violins), Martin Alexander (viola), Ruben Palma (cello) and Aurora Henrich (double bass).
For talented South Australian violinist, Monique Lapins, being able to perform with the A CO2 in front of her home state is rewarding. Monique, who grew-up in Adelaide and who has performed with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Elder Chamber Orchestra and the Elder Conservatorium Orchestra, is a recipient of numerous music awards including the Beryl Kimber Bach Prize, The Eisteddfod String Concerto Competition, The Elder Conservatorium Junior Violin Concerto and the Young Composers Award, Australian Society for Music Education.
“I’m thrilled to be able to perform with A CO2 and Alexander Stikovetsky. For me, this ensemble has not only been a foundation to my musical education but an inspiration to music making! To perform back home in Adelaide with this fantastic group is always a reward. I am looking forward to taking audiences on a musical journey under the direction of maestro Alexander Stikovetsky,” said Lapins.
Described by The Guardian as a man whose performances are ‘brilliantly fiery and energetic’, guest director Alexander Sitkovetsky is one of Russia’s leading award-winning violinists who has been thrilling audiences around the world with his flawless technique. His own recording of Panufnik’s violin concerto in 2014 was voted by Musicweb as the CD of the year and won an International Classical Music Special Achievement Award. Australian audiences will now have the rare opportunity to hear it performed live, accompanied by the superb talents of A CO2.
A CO2 The Best of British Sir Robert Helpmann – Friday, 28 August 7:30pm
Adults $44 Adult Friend $40 Concession $40 Concession Friend $36
Under 17 FREE [with paying adult] additional under 17 $17
Groups 6+ $40
Book at www.countryarts.org.au
*** ACO2 The Best Of British will also be held on Sunday, 30 August 2.30pm at Adelaide Elder Hall, Conservatorium of Music