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Australian Chamber Orchestra

2024 Season

“One of the most cutting-edge virtuoso string ensembles to be found anywhere in the world.” - The Chicago Tribune

“To listen to the Australian Chamber Orchestra is to experience sensory overload.” - The Times

“An orchestra that, by any standards, is one of the wonders of the musical world today.” – The Guardian UK

In 2024 Australia’s world-renowned chamber orchestra set its horizons wider than ever before.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, has always forged its own path, taking audiences on the adventure to create truly transformative experiences.

The 2024 Season embodies the very essence of the ACO. The Orchestra welcomes old friends and new collaborators, joined by some of the most thrilling artists on the world stage today. Throughout 2024 the ACO travels across genres and artforms, traversing centuries of music from the celebrated classics to the sounds of tomorrow as only it can. And the spark at the heart of it all: the Orchestra, leading the way and igniting this season of extraordinary music for you.

A very wide bird's eye view of empty brown arid land with river systems zip zagging through the land
11 Feb 2024 Classical Music

River

A cinematic odyssey exploring the waterways that have shaped our world, in all their majesty and fragility.

A close up of a white 30-40 year old man wearing a suit has his hand on his chin. Half his face is in darkness.
24 Mar 2024 Classical Music

Beethoven’s Emperor

Step into the concert hall of Beethoven’s time in this joyful celebration directed by pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout.

9 Apr 2024 Classical Music

For the Love of Music

Chat 10 Looks 3 meets the Australian Chamber Orchestra when Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales join Richard Tognetti and the ACO for an evening of music, laughs and revelations.  

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12 May 2024 Classical Music

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Stuart Skelton and Catherine Carby star in this extraordinary encounter with Mahler’s monumental song cycle.

A 40-50 year old man with medium length grey hair wearing a coat looks down at the top of a string instrument.
30 Jun 2024 Classical Music

Altstaedt Plays Haydn & Tchaikovsky

The world-renowned cellist and master storyteller makes his ACO debut as soloist and guest director.

A white, 50-year old man holds a violin immersed in green light. Around him is two female violinists, a man dancer and a female ballerina.
18 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Silence & Rapture

A mesmerising collaboration with Sydney Dance Company featuring countertenor Iestyn Davies and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Pärt.

A 50-year old man plays violin next to another male violinist and a female violinist.
22 Sep 2024 Classical Music

Tognetti. Mendelssohn. Bach.

Sparks fly and melodies soar when Richard Tognetti directs music close to the ACO’s heart.

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10 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Scotland Unbound

Guitarist Sean Shibe makes his Australian debut in this inspired and thrilling season closer.

Watch the ACO Season 2024 trailer