Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra

Australia’s exceptional ‘HIP’ orchestra gathers a galaxy of international and local Australian stars to celebrate Beethoven’s birth,
Mozart’s cheeky humour and re-introduce audiences to the music of Anton Eberl.

The mouth-watering concerts, featuring the orchestra’s characteristic Historically Informed Performance (HIP) style on period instruments, take place this March at City Recital Hall, The Hills Grammar School and Newcastle City Hall.

There is no question that the music of Mozart and Beethoven deserves its prominence on concert stages around the world today
but many of their contemporaries were also highly respected in the cultural circles of Classical Vienna and beyond.
Marking 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, the musicians of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
reunite him with long-forgotten friend – and occasional rival! – Anton Eberl.


Directed by co-artistic director and concertmaster Rachael Beesley,  The Impresario gives Australian listeners the rare opportunity to become acquainted with Eberl’s E-flat major Symphony – a work that audiences greeted with enthusiasm right from its first performance in 1805. It is prefaced by the overture to Mozart’s short comedy about singers vying for top billing,
and followed by Beethoven’s breathtaking 7th Symphony, which the composer himself regarded as one of his greatest achievements.

As always, the March series features the orchestra’s regular Voyage of Musical Discovery companion education program,
this time themed ‘Motivic Development’ and featuring the deconstruction and performance of a suite
by virtuoso Australian saxophonist and composer Nick Russoniello and a closer look at one of Eberl’s forgotten symphonies.

In other news, the orchestra has reaffirmed its commitment to music education and regional touring
following the award of a $125,000 grant from NSW Government through Create NSW.  As a result, concerts this year will take place in various regional centres throughout NSW,  and the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s unique Young Mannheim Symphonists youth orchestra training program will expand with a new National Winter Academy residential camp in Sydney in July, and State Intensives in the April school holidays in Victoria, Queensland and NSW.

Thursday 5 March, 6.30pm The Hills Grammar School Kenthurst Tickets $25-$60
Friday 6 March, 7.00pm City Recital Hall, Sydney Tickets $25-$120
Sunday 8 March, 2.00pm Newcastle City Hall Tickets $25-$65

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