ACO Sketches of Spain

Thursday 31 March 2022, 7.30pm
62 days from now

Presented by the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti leads the ACO for this musical adventure that knows no boundaries.

The fascinating textures and perfumes of Spain have inspired artists and influenced cultures all around the world. American jazz legend Chick Corea was fired up by Joaquín Rodrigo’s beloved Aranjuez concerto and made it the launching pad for his orchestral masterpiece Spain. It’s an exhilarating fusion of two great musical traditions.

Far away in Russia, Rodion Shchedrin channelled Spain via Bizet for his Carmen Suite, a zesty, concentrated version of arguably the world’s favourite opera.

On the other side of Europe, Debussy’s enchantment with Spain was ignited after seeing a bullfight in San Sebastian, while Boccherini was born in Italy but spent most of his life in Madrid.

There’s so much more in this grand tour of discovery as a jazz quartet, featuring pianist Matt McMahon and trumpeter Phil Slater, joins the ACO to bring it all home.

DEBUSSY Images pour orchestre: 2. Ibéria: I. Par les rues et les chemins
BOCCHERINI String Quintet in C major, G.324 “Night music of the streets of Madrid”: Selections
RAVEL (arr. Tognetti) Violin Sonata No.2: II. Blues. Moderato
BIZET (arr. Shchedrin) Carmen Suite: Selections
TRADITIONAL Sephardic music, incl. Yo era niña de casa alta
MILES DAVIS Sketches of Spain: Solea

Richard Tognetti • Director & Violin
Matt McMahon • Piano
Phil Slater • Trumpet
Brett Hirst • Bass
Jess Ciampa • Drums
Australian Chamber Orchestra

Recommended for persons aged 10+


  • Thursday 31 March 2022 7:30 PM

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