Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


This irresistible season opener led by Richard Tognetti is driven by the rhythms of South America, and features long standing friend of the ACO, classical accordion virtuoso and arranger James Crabb.

The tango was already a melting pot of influences before Piazzolla snatched it from boozy dives and put it into concert halls. Some Argentinians called him an assassin, but he was really a visionary. Piazzolla added a classical sensibility and cosmopolitan sophistication to the all-enveloping sensuality of the tango, as you will hear in his popular Libertango and the Angels and Devils Suite.

We honour Piazzolla’s passion for the Baroque with a concerto by Handel and a tribute to Bach by Villa-Lobos. Then back to the 21st century where Gabriela Lena Frank’s South American-inspired Leyendas makes its Australian premiere and local treasure Elena Kats-Chernin makes a welcome return. Give yourself over to this intoxicating and immersive experience.

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Richard Tognetti director & Violin
James Crabb classical Accordion
Australian Chamber Orchestra


Astor Piazzolla

Antonio Agri & José Carli
Desde Adentro

George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in A, No.11

Elena Kats-Chernin

Carlos Gardel
Por Una Cabeza

Gabriela Lena Frank
Leyendas – An Andean Walkabout: VI. Coqueteos – Australian Premiere

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Bachianas Brasileiras No.9

Astor Piazzolla
Angels and Devils Suite


This production is part of the following series:

Australian Chamber Orchestra 2022

In 2021 the ACO are presenting an ambitious season with more music than ever before, with a radiant series of live performances alongside cinematic and immersive concert films.