ACO presents a Mozart Sinfonia Concertante at the Wollongong Town Hall
The Australian Chamber Orchestra will be performing in Wollongong as part of its touring schedule.
The performance entitled Mozart and Britten (12th May, 2022) will present the long awaited Australian premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Elegy for Strings.
Principal Viola at the ACO, Stefanie Farrands (pictured below), makes her concerto debut, joining WollCon alumni Richard Tognetti for an exquisite, unforgettable masterpiece by Britten.
“Benjamin Britten and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart reach out to one another across the centuries in profound and deeply moving communion.
Mozart’s wondrous Sinfonia Concertante intertwines violin and viola soloists in a partnership of equals. They speak to one another of beauty, loss, consolation and, finally, exaltation.
Britten idolised Mozart from boyhood. He visited Salzburg to retrace his footsteps and it’s where Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge premiered. Britten wrote with ease to capture Bridge’s integrity, wit, energy and gaiety.
Britten, like Mozart, was gifted beyond his years and had an instinct for timeless musical expression.
This extraordinary elixir of youth and wisdom can be heard in his Elegy, written by the composer when he was just 16 (coincidentally the same age at which Mozart wrote his Divertimento in D major).” – ACO
A one-night only concert during which ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti will acknowledge WollCon’s 50th birthday year. Richard is an alumnus of WollCon and his time at the Conservatorium helped him forge his internationally successful career in music.