Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra
In this rich tapestry of American music, invention and reinvention are the warp and weft. There is balm for the soul and invigorating jolts of energy to raise the spirits high.
This concert opens with ‘Rising Sun Blues’, an English folksong imported to the American South. Its enduring influence can be traced as a thread through American culture ever since. George Walker pays lyrical tribute to his grandmother, a former slave, in his 1946 work Lyric for Strings, while Florence Price refracts the Black folkloric tradition through the prism of Western string playing in her Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint.
Music by contemporary giants Morton Feldman, Bryce Dessner and John Adams continues the work of remaking and revitalisation, culminating in the world premiere of a new work for electric violin and strings by American composer Samuel Adams for Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra.
The concert reaches a peak with Tognetti’s string orchestra arrangement of Dvořák’s sublime American Quartet, written during a rural holiday in America in 1893. Fresh, optimistic and full of rustic charm, this is music to warm the soul.
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Richard Tognetti director & electric violin
Australian Chamber Orchestra
The House of the Rising Sun
John’s Book of Alleged Dances – Selections
Five Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint – Selections
New Work for Electric Violin and Strings* – World Premiere
Lyric for Strings
Rothko Chapel – 5th Movement
String Quartet No.12 in F, ‘American’ – arr. Tognetti
Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Stanford Live.
This production is part of the following series:
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.
Saturday 19 & Monday 21 November 2022 7.30pm
Duration: 2 hours (incl. interval)
Premium $152 ($132 Concession)
A Reserve $142 ($125 Concession)
B Reserve $120 ($100 Concession)
C Reserve $84 ($69 Concession)
D Reserve $49 ($49 Concession)
A Reserve $106
B Reserve $90
C Reserve $63
D Reserve $37
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