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Intimate Letters

24 August 2014

Venue: Concert Hall  View Seat Map
Presented by: Australian Chamber Orchestra

A collaboration between ACO and Bell Shakespeare, led by London Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Gordan Nikolic.

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MOZART     Divertimento in F, K.138 
SMETANA     String Quartet No.1 “From My Life” (arr. for string orchestra)
JANÁČEK     String Quartet No.2 “Intimate Letters” (arr. for string orchestra)

In a dramatic collaboration with Bell Shakespeare, the Australian Chamber Orchestra performs Janáček’s Intimate Letters and Smetana’s From My Life, sharing the stage with esteemed actors who give life to the stories which inspired the music.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s theatrical staging of Janáček’s first quartet, the 
Kreutzer Sonata, received glowing reviews and in 2014 the Orchestra gives his second quartet Intimate Letters the same treatment, performing an arrangement for string orchestra under the direction of London Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Gordan Nikolic. Inspired by more than 700 passionate letters written between Janáček and his much younger, married muse, Intimate Letters explores their overwhelming and obsessive love. Smetana’s autobiographical From My Life soars with the joy and hope of childhood which gradually derails and ultimately descends into despair, as the composer faces the inescapable fate of impending deafness.

Artist Information

Gordan Nikolic     Guest Director & Violin    
Peter Evans      Co-Artistic Director, Bell Shakespeare
Bell Shakespeare      Actors to be announced
Australian Chamber Orchestra      
Concept by Timo-Veikko Valve      

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Performance Dates

Sunday 24 August 2014, 2pm

Running Time: 2 hours, including one 20 minute interval (approximate and subject to alteration)

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