Cancelled: Illuminate | Bruch, Britten & Tchaikovsky

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Presented by Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra


Concert Cancellation Notification: Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra regrets to advise that tonight’s concert, Illuminate | Bruch, Britten & Tchaikovsky, has been cancelled due to circumstances outside the Orchestra’s control.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. If you paid via EFTPOS or cash over the counter the Box Office team will be in touch to assist you in receiving your refund. If you purchased online or over the phone, we are in the process of returning your tickets and crediting your card. This will be done automatically, you don’t need to contact us to obtain your refund. We are working through this process as quickly as possible and we thank you for your patience.

About this concert

In describing his own Les Illuminations, Benjamin Britten wrote, ‘The word ‘Illuminations’ suggests both the vision of a mystic and a brightly coloured picture.’

It is this sense of a technicolour canvas that the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra invoke in Illuminate, their first concert of 2021, featuring pieces by Britten, Tchaikovsky and Bruch.

Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence begins in the tranquil air of the Mediterranean before taking us directly to the Motherland, its fourth and final movement intensely Russian and Romantic in its sound. Max Bruch’s Serenade for Strings after Swedish Folk Melodies is a seldom-heard but beautiful example the life-long attraction to folk tunes and themes of which his Scottish Fantasy is the best-known (and most-performed) example. And Britten’s work couples some of his most remarkable string writing with the words of French poet Arthur Rimbaud to create something evocative and fantastical.

Directed by concertmaster Rachael Beesley and featuring soprano Jacqueline Porter, Illuminate invites you to join the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra on a European musical journey from the comfort of the concert hall.

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Max Bruch
Serenade on Swedish Melodies for Strings in C minor

Benjamin Britten
Les Illuminations

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Souvenir de Florence, Op.70


Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Rachael Beesley director
Jacqueline Porter soprano


This production is part of the following series: