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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s 2022 Concert Season announced

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s 2022 Concert Season announced

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra has launched its stellar 2022 season – and there are treats & surprises at every turn.

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra returns to concert stages around Australia with renewed enthusiasm and resolve
– after a year of supreme challenges for all performing artists.

The Orchestra’s 2022 Season now covers five states and many new venues, with more concerts still to be announced!

Among this year’s venues for various concerts and youth intensives are
Sydney, Hills District, Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Canberra and Adelaide!

“The past two years have taught us a great many things,” says co-artistic director Nicole van Bruggen.
“What we have learned above all else is how deeply and profoundly we love performing with our dear friends and colleagues
for our loyal friends and enthusiastic audiences, both old and new!”

With its vision to INSPIRE, EDUCATE and ENLIGHTEN, the Orchestra presents a season packed with some of the most beautiful music ever composed, from the salons of Vienna to the stages of Tin Pan Alley, from the damnation of Don Giovanni to the celestial grandeur of Jupiter.

Under the co-artistic direction by Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra consists of leading Australian musicians, based both in Australia and overseas, and is at the forefront of the informed performance scene.

The first program for 2022, Northern Serenades, offers exquisite and expressive string music written in the late 19th century.
Works by Elgar, Wolf and Holst are among their best-loved, while Victor Herbert’s Serenade for Strings is a rarely performed gem.The program is complemented by Australian composer Shauna Beesley’s arrangement of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke for violin and strings, commissioned for this tour and here receiving its world premiere.

In May, the Orchestra is excited to collaborate with the Australian Boys Choir, The Vocal Consort and conductor Nicholas Dinopoulos for Austrian Encounters -presenting some of the finest 19th-century choral repertoire at special concerts in Melbourne and Geelong.

Sounds of Vienna then takes audiences into the early 1800s, when Vienna was the epicentre of the music world.
This dynamic and vibrant culture is perfectly represented in Joseph Eybler’s sparkling Quintet, and Schubert’s mighty and beloved Octet, a towering piece of chamber music at its most ambitious.

In August, the Orchestra looks to the Tempestuous Skies. Mozart’s Serenata Notturna was written for an evening performance,
possibly outdoors, with Jupiter (the subject of his final, great symphony!) gazing down.
Far from heavenly is the carnal and tempestuous Don Giovanni, though the music is sublime. So is the twenty-third Piano Concerto,here performed by Australia’s informed performance doyen, Neal Peres Da Costa.

Continuing the legacy of Richard Gill AO, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra speaks to young and diverse audiences
through its flagship Voyage of Musical Discovery education program – now in Brisbane as well as Sydney.
Presented by the co-artistic directors, Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, these events feature a combination of Classical and Romantic repertoire with performances by contemporary Australian guest artists or ensembles.

The Young Mannheim Symphonists National Winter Academy will bring informed performance,
and historical perspectives and insights to students and emerging musicians from all over the country,
with separate State Intensives presented in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.


Patrons should check the website for the latest concert information and bookings and subscribe to the mailing list to be the first to hear about latest additions to the season throughout metropolitan and regional New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.

Says co-artistic director and concertmaster Rachael Beesley, who will direct the Northern Serenades and Tempestuous Skies programs as well as all three Young Mannheim Symphonists State Intensives in 2022:

“We look forward to performing with our smiling colleagues across the stage and feeling once again the power of performing music live in the concert hall for our audiences in 2022. As our founding artistic director, the late Richard Gill AO, would always say, ‘Onwards and upwards!’”

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