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Australian World Orchestra Returns in October

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - October 23 @ 7:00 pm

The Australian World Orchestra will gather again in 2024 to perform three concerts in Australia – two in Sydney and one in Melbourne with guest artist and legendary countertenor Andreas Scholl.

Last heard in full force, performing Mahler’s Symphony No 9 in 2023, this year, members of the AWO under Concertmaster Madeleine Easton, will reunite from around the globe to perform music from the Baroque, Classical and Modern eras. Audiences will be enchanted by the ethereal voice of special guest countertenor Andreas Scholl with the world-class musicianship of the Australian World Orchestra.

In the first part of the concert, Scholl will perform Baroque masterpieces by Bach and Vivaldi, alongside the mesmerising minimalism of Arvo Pärt.  Part two will present Mozart’s majestic Gran Partita, a serenade of sublime beauty and intricacy, performed by an ensemble of the AWO’s finest wind musicians.

One of the world’s finest counter tenors, Andreas Scholl is a Grammy nominated artist who needs little introduction. He has won numerous awards and prizes and was the first countertenor to appear at the Last Night of the Proms. He has performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the world’s leading baroque orchestras.

The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) is one of the most exciting initiatives in Australia’s cultural history. Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Alexander Briger AO, it brings together Australia’s finest classical musicians from ensembles at home as well as all around the world, to create something unique. Touring within Australia and overseas, the orchestra has an enviable reputation and established new audiences for classical music, while the AWO education program has helped foster the next generation of Australian musicians.

The AWO’s musicians are drawn from the world’s finest orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw and Australia’s orchestras and ensembles. The immense talent, coupled with its award-winning sound, has seen many of the world’s finest conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta AC, Riccardo Muti and Simone Young AM lead the orchestra both in Australia and overseas.

The program: JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV 170/ ANTONIO VIVALDI Motette Filiae Maestae Jerusalem RV 638/ ARVO PÄRT Ein Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrims’ Song)/ WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Serenade No. 10, K.361 “Gran Partita”
Andreas Scholl Countertenor/ Madeleine Easton Concertmaster/ Australian World Orchestra

Sydney Concerts:

23 October, Concert Only – The Neilson, Pier 2/3
24 October, Gala Concert – The Neilson Pier 2/3

Melbourne Concert:

26 October, Gala Concert – Hanson Dyer Hall

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Read what happened when Maestro Zubin Mehta conducted the Australian World Orchestra in Sydney.


The Neilson, ACO Pier 2/3
Suite 3, 13A Hickson Rd
Dawes Point, NSW 2000 Australia
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