Indies And Idols – Australian Chamber Orchestra Explores Greenwood, Dessner And Stevens


The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) delves into the groundbreaking new music of three of the world’s most celebrated indie musicians, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, The National’s Bryce Dessner and Sufjan Stevens alongside the sources of their inspiration, Polish composers Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Throughout their two-week national tour, the ACO will perform Greenwood’s Suite from There Will Be Blood, which forms part of Greenwood’s critically acclaimed soundtrack to the Paul Thomas Anderson film of the same name, Sufjan Stevens’ Suite from Run Rabbit Run, a précis from his electronic music album Enjoy Your Rabbit, and the Australian premiere of Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski. This music will be presented alongside Szymanowski’s surging String Quartet No.2, Penderecki’s Aria from Three Pieces in Baroque Style and Lutosławski’s Overture for Strings, a multifaceted experiment that has one foot in neoclassicism and the other in the avant-garde.

ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, observes that a number of well-known indie musicians are making waves in the world of contemporary ‘classical’ music. “This includes Jonny Greenwood, with whom we’ve collaborated with in the past as our composer-in-residence and who is now regarded as a film composer amongst the greats, as well as Bryce Dessner and Sufjan Stevens.”

Bryce Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski which will receive its Australian premiere in this series, is an homage to Lutosławski’s composition for string orchestra, Musique funèbre. 

LUTOSŁAWSKI Overture for Strings/BRYCE DESSNER Réponse Lutosławski (Australian Premiere) /SUFJAN STEVENS (arr. Michael Atkinson) Suite from Run Rabbit Run/ PENDERECKI Three Pieces in Baroque Style: I. Aria /JONNY GREENWOOD Suite from There Will Be Blood /SZYMANOWSKI (arr. Richard Tognetti) String Quartet No.2

ARTISTS Richard Tognetti Director /Australian Chamber Orchestra

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