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The Australian Chamber Orchestra Sweeps into Sutherland
Two iconic works to be presented this May


“The ACO Collective, is blazing a promising trail into the artform’s next era.” – The Age

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) is set to debut at The Pavilion Performing Arts Centre Sutherland this May 18, presenting two iconic works ideal for both families and classical-music lovers combined.

For the first performance, the ACO will bring beloved children’s book How to Catch a Star to life in a stunning new adaptation by Sandra Eldridge, where storytelling and exquisite live music combine to create an enchanting experience for the whole family. Following this, ACO Collective (the company’s critically acclaimed string ensemble that pairs the core musicians of the ACO with Australia’s most talented young professional musicians) will present Ralph Vaughan Williams’ iconic piece, The Lark Ascending, directed by ACO Principal Violin Helena Rathbone who will be performing as soloist on a precious 1732 Stradivarius violin.

The Pavilion and the ACO are excited to partner together to present these two performances to the Sutherland Shire community, as well as showcase a world premiere commission by award-winning Australian composer Anne Cawrse, entitled Falling Upward.

These two performances solidify The Pavilion’s commitment to ensuring the local community can access world-class entertainment on their doorstep, with Executive Director Mike Harris saying, “The Australian Chamber Orchestra is renowned for their exquisite and dynamic sound and programming, which looks to coalesce the old with the new, re-inventing older works for a new generation, and celebrating new commissions by up-and-coming musicians.

“Their symphonic creativity is a delightful addition to The Pavilion. Productions like How to Catch a Star cater to families, offering the perfect introduction to the orchestra for the little ones. Meanwhile, renowned works like The Lark Ascending captivate classical music enthusiasts. We look forward to showcasing these two pieces on May 18 and hope to ignite a lasting appreciation for the ACO in Sutherland.”

The ACO’s Principal Violin and Director of The Lark Ascending Helena Rathbone says, “We are thrilled to introduce the ACO Collective to brand-new audiences at The Pavilion in Sutherland. The program will take the listener on a journey of many different emotions. From the sheer joy of the Wolf Serenade, the calming Richter, the pure beauty of the Purcell, the perpetual movement of the Cawrse and of course, the exquisite sound world of The Lark Ascending.

“At this performance, audiences can expect musicians who are the cream of the crop performing in this intimate setting at The Pavilion. Our performance aims to excited audiences of all ages, inviting them to experience the joy of this iconic piece.”

Important Notice

The Pavilion consists of two venues located approximately 600 metres apart:

To avoid arriving at the wrong venue, please check your ticket for venue and location information before attending.