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ACO – Music for Healing

Thu 26 Aug

A meditation on well being.

The meditative nature of music helps us repair and renew by heightening our awareness, invigorating our senses and revealing the truth of our feelings. That is at the heart of Pēteris Vasks’ ‘Vox Amoris’ which is a journey through love and the full range of human expression.

Just as ‘Vox Amoris’ explores the depth of human experience, this concert examines our emotions and the fragility of mental health. Drawing from the experience of two friends dealing with difficult personal periods, Iain Grandage’s ‘Black Dogs’ confronts uncertainty and darkness, before building into an almost funk-like affirmation of survival. ‘Black Dogs’ features guitarist Slava Grigoryan who will also perform Albéniz’s famous ‘Asturias (Leyenda)’ in a special arrangement for guitar and string orchestra, before Pink Floyd’s ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ returns us to the delicate balance between inner and outer health, and the trust in light emerging from darkness.

We are committed to delivering safe & enjoyable performing arts experiences, and have a COVID Safe Plan to help keep everyone safe that includes:

• Reduced capacities – up to 75% of our normal seating capacity. Empty seats are distributed throughout the theatre, however, you may have people seated next to you.
• Mandatory face masks for staff and theatre patrons (children under 12 are exempt)
• Digital check-ins
• Additional cleaning and disinfecting of theatres and foyers
• Increased distance between performers and the audience
• Hand sanitising stations throughout our venues
• Trained staff to assist with COVID safety.

When you visit, it is really important that you are feeling well, and prepared to adhere to the safety practices of our venues. If you’re experiencing any COVID symptoms, even if they are very mild, please stay home and contact us prior to your event, and we will arrange a refund or exchange.

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Director Richard Tognetti
Guitar Slava Grigoryan
Accompanied by Australian Chamber Orchestra


HAAS String Quartet No.2, Op.7 '“From the Monkey Mountains”: III. The Moon and I'
FELDMAN Rothko Chapel: 5th Movement
PINK FLOYD 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'
ALBENIZ (arr. guitar & strings) 'Asturias (Leyenda)'
HAAS String Quartet No.2, Op.7 '"From the Monkey Mountains”: IV. A Wild Night'
IAIN GRANDAGE 'Black Dogs' (arr. string orchestra)

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