Australian Chamber Orchestra at the Grand Theatre, Monday April 23
Performing Mahler, Beethoven with soloist Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Baritone
Internationally renowned for inspired programming and the rapturous response of audiences and critics, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is a product of Australia’s vibrant, adventurous and enquiring spirit. In performances around Australia, around the world and on many recordings, the ACO moves hearts and stimulates minds with repertoire spanning six centuries and a vitality and virtuosity unmatched by other ensembles.
The ACP is led by charismatic artistic director and lead violinist Richard Tognetti. Tognetti has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and at the Berne Conservatory (Switzerland), where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the top graduate soloist in 1989. Later that year he was appointed Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and subsequently became Artistic Director. He is also Artistic Director of the Maribor Festival in Slovenia.
In 2003, Tognetti was co-composer of the score for Peter Weir’s ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’; violin tutor for its star, Russell Crowe; and can also be heard performing on the award-winning soundtrack. In 2005, he co-composed the soundtrack to Tom Carroll’s surf film ‘Horrorscopes’ and, in 2008, created ‘The Red Tree’, inspired by illustrator Shaun Tan’s book. He co-created and starred in the 2008 documentary film ‘Musica Surfica’, which has won best film awards at surf film festivals in the USA, Brazil, France and South Africa.
The ACO was founded in 1975. Every year, this ensemble presents performances of the highest standard to audiences around the world, including 10,000 subscribers across Australia. The ACO has performed in 343 cities in 37 countries. The ACO’s unique artistic style encompasses not only the masterworks of the classical repertoire, but innovative cross-artform projects and a vigorous commissioning program.
Tickets for the Australian Chamber Orchestra are $42 and $37 plus HST and box office fees. The Grand Theatre box office is open Monday through Saturday, noon - 6pm and can be reached by calling (613) 530-2050 or online at kingstongrand.ca
The Grand Theatre would like to acknowledge its 2011-2012 Grand Theatre Presents Season Partners. The Four Points Sheraton Kingston is the Official Hospitality Underwriter, Kingston Life is the Official Print Media Sponsor and CKWS is the Official Television Sponsor. The Blues Series Media Partner is FM 96 and Program Supporters are Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of Kingston, Canadian Heritage and the Province of Ontario.
For further information or to schedule a phone interview with Mr. Tognetti , please contact our Communications Department for the Grand Theatre, at (613) 546-4291 ext. 1377 or grandtheatremedia [at] cityofkingston [dot] ca