As Australians, we have a need to be recognised ‘overseas’. International tours by Australian performing arts groups have been an established aspect of our cultural diplomacy for five decades. Such tours, especially appearances in world centres of culture, are important for the artistic growth and reputations of the artists involved; they also matter to audiences at home. The Australian Chamber Orchestra under Richard Tognetti is making a quantum leap in such recognition; it has accepted a three-year residency at the Barbican Centre in London. The official title is International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court in partnership with the Barbican Centre from the 2018/19 season. It indicates a new maturity in the orchestra’s touring activities and a remarkable level of recognition. Milton Court is the relatively new 608 capacity recital venue at the Barbican. Also taking up residence are the LA Philharmonic, and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.
This year’s ACO’s performances at the Barbican will be in peak concert season on October 22, 23 & 24. The scheduled programs reflect the varied concerts the Orchestra gives around Australia; in other words, good examples of Richard Tognetti’s innovative approach. The first is Mozart’s Last Three Symphonies: Nos. 39, 40 & 41, ‘Jupiter’. The second is Mountain, a film screening with live score composed by Tognetti. The third is Bach, Beethoven and Bartok with wonderful Nicole Car singing two arias. Book your London trip now.