Australian Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 7:30 PM

Known for energetic performances, the Australian Chamber Orchestra presents an eclectic program with works by Pink Floyd, Shostakovich, and more.



Run Time:

1 hour, 37 minutes

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Sydney-based Australian Chamber Orchestra brings its distinct give-and-take style back to the Kennedy Center with two evenings of chamber standards and modern masterpieces.

On September 29, the group brings its "astonishingly warm…heavenly playing" (The Times, London) to two Ravel works arranged by the orchestra's veteran leader and violinist, Richard Tognetti. Also performed are works by Handel, Elgar, Bartók, and an astounding re-working of Carl Vine's daring Smith's Alchemy.
The next night, September 30, the Australian Chamber Orchestra takes audiences from the Arab world to the rock arena. Oud master Joseph Tawadros and percussionist James Tawadros join to perform a medley of Joseph's Egyptian-flavored compositions. The group then crosses continents and genres to perform Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," a tribute to the late Syd Barrett. The evening comes to a close with the clear and powerful sound of two masterpieces by St. Petersburg–born Dmitri Shostakovich. Part of the Kennedy Center's Focus on Russia.

Performance Timing:  1 hour, 37 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission


Program and Notes

Robert Saxton
Birthday Piece for Richard Rodney Bennett
Sonata Chiquitanas XVIII, mvts 1 & 2 (Bolivia)
Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108
'Yo era niña de casa alta' (Sephardic)
Joseph Tawadros
Dmitri Shostakovich
Prelude & Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11
Ruth Seeger
Andante for Strings
Pink Floyd
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond," pts. 1-5
Joseph Tawadros
Rose, Compositions, Dahab

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