Australian Chamber Orchestra presents

ACO - Goldberg Variations

The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents Bach’s iconic keyboard work in a celebration that brings together the old and the new in an utterly unique and illuminating way.

16 Aug – 16 Aug

“The ACO are outstanding” – The Guardian UK, 2016

This is an Australian Premiere and a very special event in the ACO’s 2018 National Concert Season.

‘An Aria with Diverse Variations for the Harpsichord with Two Manuals, Composed for Music Lovers to Refresh their Spirits by Johann Sebastian Bach’ is now known simply as the Goldberg Variations. Legend has it that a student of Bach’s used to play the Variations to a friend who suffered from frequent bouts of insomnia. Despite its unwieldy title, there is no mistaking this body of work as one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.

Thomas Adès’ ‘Nightfalls’ will set the nocturnal scene before the ACO presents the Australian premiere of Canadian composer/ conductor Bernard Labadie’s string arrangement of Bach’s iconic keyboard work. A transformation of the original – which many of you will recognise – it offers audiences something fresh and inventive.

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Erin Helyard Keyboards
Australian Chamber Orchestra

BACH (arr. Richard Tognetti) Canons on a Goldberg Ground
STRAVINSKY Three Pieces for String Quartet
THOMAS ADÈS (arr. strings) Nightfalls from The Four Quarters
BACH (arr. Bernard Labadie) Goldberg Variations

Act 1: 30 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Act 2: 70 minutes

Age restriction of 8 years +

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Venue Information

Wollongong Town Hall, Main Auditorium


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Adult: $165
Conc: $151/Flexi Conc:$123
Under 30: $50
Flexi Adult: $133
Flexi under 30: $49

Adult: $148
Conc: $131/Flexi Conc: $106
Under 30: $50
Flexi Adult: $125
Flexi under 30: $49

Adult: $126
Conc: $111/Flexi Conc: $90
Under 30: $50
Flexi Adult: $102
Flexi under 30: $49

Adult: $70
Conc: $65/Flexi Conc: $62
Under 30: $50
Flexi Adult: $65
Flexi under 30: $49

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Thu 16 Aug 2018, 7.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 2 hrs (incl interval)

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