Bartok, Shostakovich, Arvo Pärt and the uncrushable human spirit.
“Music of War and Peace” presented by the Australian Chamber Orchestra will feature ACO Collective. Led by British Guest Director Violinist Matthew Truscott (Concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), this evocative program explores dramatic works for chamber orchestra and the ever-present clash that exists in humanity, that is our twin urges to seek peace and to wage war.
Inspired by World War II, the two main works from the program are Bartok’s energetic and folk-driven Divertimento for Strings, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s rousing Chamber Symphony. The concert also features the popular Baroque work Battalia by Heinrich Biber, and the serene Fratres by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. “Music of War and Peace” promises an emotive musical journey across numerous styles, centuries, countries and genres, performed with the intense brilliance of the engaging and dynamic ACO Collective.
ACO Collective features members of the ACO alongside musicians from our Emerging Artist Program- young, professionals at the outset of their careers. With British Guest Director Matthew Truscott leading this tour across Western Australia, the result is an ensemble full of youthful energy along with the dynamism and artistry for which the ACO is renowned.
PÄRT Fratres for string orchestra 10’
SHOSTAKOVICH (arr. Barshal) Chamber Symphony in C minor 22’
BIBER Battalia 10’ Melody Eötvös – Water Without Fixed Dimensions * (World premiere)
BARTOK Divertimento 30’ * Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra
– 3 hour intensive masterclass with musicians from the ACO on Saturday 12th September morning for interested students.