ACO heads home after wowing the US

The Australian Chamber Orchestra finishes its US tour with some impressive statistics: 9 concerts, 1 private performance, 22 towns and cities in 12 states, 15 flights and 30 buses, all in 21 nights away.

ACO heads home after wowing the US


The orchestra arrives home this week. With concerts in California, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia, New Hampshire, Florida, Kentucky and New York, it has received standout reviews.

At its final concert at Carnegie Hall in New Yorkthe audience leapt to its feet and would not stop cheering until an encore was played.

Nick Bryant, the BBC’s correspondent to New York, was in the audience at the Hall and said 'The musicality of the ACO would have been more than enough to bring the Carnegie audience to its feet—the warmth of the sound, the precision of the note production, the exquisiteness of the ensemble playing. But it's the physicality of the performance that sets this orchestra apart, and makes watching them as thrilling as listening.'

'The orchestra … plays with remarkable unity and incisive, transparent clarity.'The Miami Herald

‘… it was a treat to hear that ensemble play a wonderful concert on Sunday afternoon in the 600-seat Zankel Hall, Carnegie’s appealing basement performance space. In that setting, the symphonic grandeur and inventiveness of Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 in G minor, known as “The Hen,” came through with up-close immediacy, although the fleet, bold performance these impressive Australian musicians gave would have sounded great almost anywhere.’—New York Times

‘Richard Tognetti and his supremely invigorating string band return to town with a characteristically venturesome mix of music—as pieces by Haydn, Mozart and Prokofiev mingle with the New York premiere ofWater, one of the latest orchestra pieces by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.’ —Time Out New York

‘Throughout the symphony, the Australian Chamber Orchestra proved that it is a performing treasure from the Land Down Under, and one that may not be heard in Princeton that often.’—Town Topics, Princeton.

‘The Australian Chamber Orchestra, 27 members at its fullest, is an ensemble of virtuoso soloists who perform in precise togetherness when called for (as in a Mozart symphony) yet maintain individuality when called for by the music. Richard Tognetti, artistic director and lead violin for the past 25 years, sometimes conducts when he is not playing, or may release that task to another member when he is playing. The system works splendidly. In the traditional Mozart pieces, several individuals appeared to have their parts memorized, allowing them to interrelate in ways not possible in standard symphonic situations.’—Palm Beach Arts Newspaper


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