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The Four Seasons & Beyond

23 Jun 2020
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


The ACO celebrates 30 years of Richard Tognetti’s artistic leadership with an electronica-infused reimagination of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

In celebration of Richard’s contributions as an arranger, composer and champion of new music, the program opens with the world premiere of a new concerto for electric violin, composed especially for Richard by the progressive young American composer Samuel Adams. This is followed by an original composition of Richard’s, Beyond, which will see the ACO’s own Satu Vänskä swap her precious 1726 ‘Belgiorno’ Stradivarius violin for a turn on vocals.

Tognetti’s vivid arrangement of Haas’s From the Monkey Mountains rounds out the first half, before a climactic performance of a new work by celebrated Scottish composer Anna Meredith. In its Australian premiere, ANNO intertwines Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons with music for electronics and string orchestra. Meredith herself will join the ACO onstage, while Tognetti will perform as violin soloist.

A concert that seamlessly blends the old with the new, the timeless with the experimental, and the cherished with the undiscovered.