ARCO Northern Serenades

Tuesday 22 March 2022, 7.30pm
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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra returns to Newcastle City Hall with luscious string repertoire by Elgar, Holst, Wolf and Herbert, and the world premiere performance of Schumann's Fantasiestücke arranged for violin and strings by Shauna Beesley.

In the late 19th century, the serenade was the vehicle for exquisite, expressive writing by some of the biggest names of the era. Elgar and Hugo Wolf both wrote serenades that remain among their best-loved works, filling these relatively brief pieces with beautiful, tuneful music that highlights the expressive and emotive way that string musicians were performing at the time.

Another composer who knew his way around a tune was American Victor Herbert, whose serenade shows you why no less a judge than Dvorák thought he had promise beyond the Tin Pan Alley songs he was famous for. 

This program also features an arrangement of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op.73. Originally for solo instrument and piano, this enlarged arrangement highlights the superb playing of our co-artistic director and violin soloist Rachael Beesley against a lush, enchanting torrent of strings. Schumann’s title suggests uninhibited imagination, and that is precisely what you will hear.

Running time 1hr 40mins interval


  • Tuesday 22 March 2022 7:30 PM

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290 King Street