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World-class Musicians Together in Australia’s Brightest HIP Orchestra

Bold & beautiful programs conducted by Berlin-based Benjamin Bayl

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO) – which specialises in Historically Informed Performance or ‘HIP’ - opens its 2017 concert season with a bold and beautiful program, conducted by Berlin-based Australian Benjamin Bayl and set for performances in Melbourne and Sydney this March.

The “Italian Romance” program features Beethoven’s Romance for Violin (with Rachael Beesley, soloist) and Mendelssohn’s beloved ‘Italian’ Symphony - all under the baton of principal guest conductor Bayl. Performances take place at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall of the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 24 March and the City Recital Hall, Angel Place in Sydney on Saturday 25 March (both at 7.30pm).

ARCO (which also means ‘to bow’ a string instrument in Italian music terminology) burst onto Australia’s music scene in late 2013, originally as orchestra seventeen88, and has since performed outstanding orchestral and chamber concerts all around Australia. Its 2017 season includes performances in Sydney and Melbourne in May, and Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and the Blue Mountains in September.

In imaginative and authentic performances, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra brings to life the colours and contrasts of Classical music together with the expressive and emotional realm of Romantic music – all performed on the exquisite and dynamic period instruments of the time. Its Artistic Director, Richard Gill AO, is a genuine living legend of the Australian performance and music education world and, true to its vision to ‘inspire, educate and enlighten’ audiences, ARCO also continues to bring inspiring masterclasses to schools all around Australia.

Catch the new wave of historically informed performers as they bring a revitalised spirit and energy to Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s masterpieces this March. From the opening - riveting - chords of the Coriolan Overture and the playful Contredanses to the sublime Romance for violin, performed by concertmaster Rachael Beesley, Beethoven will have you swooning in your seats and dancing for joy in the aisles. After the interval the gorgeous sound of a full string orchestra playing on pure gut strings is highlighted, where you’ll fall in love with Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade for Strings and be thrilled by Mendelssohn’s passion for Italy in his most lively symphony.

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra presents Italian Romance - BEETHOVEN & MENDELSSOHN
Melbourne Friday 24 March 2017 at 7.30pm | Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Sydney Saturday 25 March 2017 at 7.30pm | City Recital Hall, Angel Place
Benjamin Bayl, principal guest conductor | Rachael Beesley, director & violin soloist
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Coriolan Overture in C minor Op.62 (1807)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major Op. 50 (1798)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra WoO14 (1792-1802)
Hugo Wolf (1860-1903): Italian Serenade in G major for Strings (1887)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): ‘Italian’ Symphony in A major Op.90 (1833)

Tickets: Premium $95 | A-Reserve Adult $75
A-Reserve Concession $65 | A-Reserve Student $30/35
3 concert subscription 10% discount | Groups 10+ 10% discount
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Friday 24 March, 2017
Event Ends
Saturday 25 March, 2017
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