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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra In Viennese Vogue

March 13, 2023 @ 6:30 pm

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s March 2023 multi-city tour features the music of Mozart, Schubert and Hummel performed on historical instruments by some of Australia’s finest international artists. The tour takes in Brisbane, Caloundra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Orange, Kenthurst, Canberra, and Sydney.

The featured artist in this program is the orchestra’s founding co-artistic director and international clarinet virtuoso Nicole van Bruggen, playing a very special instrument. “My gorgeous Mozart basset clarinet replica was built for me by Agnès Gueroult in her atelier in Paris. It was in preparation for the Mozart 250th birthday celebration year of 2006 during which I performed many Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Quintet concerts in Europe. The instrument is a copy of the exact basset clarinet, built by Theodore Lotz and played by Anton Stadler, for which Mozart composed only these two works. It remains one of my favourite instruments from my collection of historical clarinets, not only due to its glorious tone and the flexibility of expression which it allows, but also because of the fascinating history and link to the three larrikins just mentioned. I will share with the audience, when I welcome them during the tour, just why there were only two pieces of music ever composed for this spectacular instrument.”

Joining Nicole for this extensive tour are co-artistic director Rachael Beesley (violin) together with Julia Russionello (violin), Simon Oswell (viola) and Daniel Yeadon (cello).

The program: HUMMEL Clarinet Quartet in E flat major, S.78 (1808)/ SCHUBERT String Trio in B flat major, D.471 (1816)/ MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581 (1789)

The performers: Nicole van Bruggen, basset clarinet & clarinet/ Rachael Beesley, violin/Julia Russoniello, violin/Simon Oswell, viola/ Daniel Yeadon, cello

Tour Dates:
QLD: Saturday 4 March 7pm | Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
Sunday 5 March 3pm | The Events Centre, Caloundra
Monday 6 March 11.30am| Voyage of Musical Discovery, St Peters Lutheran Church, Indooroopilly

VIC: Tuesday 7 March 7pm | David Li Sound Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne
Thursday 9 March 6.30pm | Voyage of Musical Discovery, David Li Sound Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne | Friday 10

NSW: Friday 10 March 7pm | Adamstown Uniting Church, Newcastle
Sunday 12 March 11am | Orange Chamber Music Festival
Monday 13 March 6.30pm | Voyage of Musical Discovery, City Recital Hall, Sydney

Tuesday 14 March 6.30pm | The Hills Grammar School, Kenthurst
Thursday 16 March 7pm | The Neilson, Pier 2/3, Sydney

ACT: Wednesday 15 March 7pm | The Albert Hall, Canberra


Read our review of the Mozart K488 project featuring the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Image Robert Catto.





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