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ACO – Schubert’s Quintet

Thu 6 May

A brilliant convergence of grandeur and intimacy.

Awe and wonder. These are not uncommon responses to the works of Schubert and Beethoven, but their string quintets never fail to elicit such a reaction. We find grandeur in both of these monumental works of chamber music. Majesty and intimacy simultaneously.

Schubert’s career was marked by admiration for Beethoven and his desire to match the heights achieved by his hero. In his “perfect” Quintet, probably the best longform piece of chamber music ever written, he achieved that goal.

Composed in the final weeks of his far-too-short life, the writing is symphonic, alluding to far more harmonic colours and textures than had ever been thought possible for an ensemble of this size.

Featuring a star-studded ACO ensemble, this soulful journey through sadness, fear, contemplation and joy is the intimate and the grand brilliantly merged.

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• 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)
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• 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.

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Violin Richard Tognetti
Violin Helena Rathbone
Viola Stefanie Farrands
Viola Elizabeth Wo0lnough
Cello Timo Veikko-Valve
Cello Melissa Barnard
Accompanied by Australian Chamber Orchestra


BEETHOVEN String Quintet in C minor, Op.104
SCHUBERT String Quintet in C major, D.956

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