Strings to set the stage in Bellingen
WITH a program embracing much-loved works in the string repertoire, ACO2 returns to Bellingen with 'Around the World'.
Taking the audience on a journey through America, Russia and Germany, and culminating in a voyage through Salzburg, Barcelona, Paris and Maputo with Berger's Metropoles Suite for Violin and Strings, 'Around the World' will be led by acclaimed violinist and Guest Director, Benjamin Schmid.
Also featured on the program are works by JS Bach, Tchaikovsky and Barber.
'Bach's E major concerto is a classy classic - its second movement is eternal in its incredible beauty and quiet longing," Benjamin Schmid said.
"Barber's Adagio for Strings is as popular as it is beautiful and it takes us to the music of the United States.
"The build-up in energy in Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence is compelling, merciless, and beautiful, and to experience that with an elite ensemble like ACO2 will be an essential sensation."
Of Berger's Metropoles Suite for Violin and Strings, Schmid said: 'The 'Metropoles Suite' connects several worlds: the tradition of chamber music in Europe with American Jazz. All is wrapped up in exquisite ensemble arranging with fascinating harmonies, forms, sounds.'
Making their debut with ACO2 in 2015 are emerging artists Harry Bennetts, Madeleine Jevons, Amy Brookman (violins); Aurora Henrich (double bass); Martin Alexander (viola) and Ruben Palma (cellist).
'Around the World' will tour Australia this month visiting Bellingen on Saturday, May 16.