In what marked its first tour to the US in nearly three years, the ACO was joined by internationally renowned pianistsPaul Lewis and Inon Barnatan in concert halls including New York’s Lincoln Center, The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in California, Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall and Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium. The tour featured music by JS Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, including a performance of Mozart’s sparkling Violin Concerto No.5 byACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, as well as the US premiere of Californian composer Samuel Adams’Movements (for us and them).
The ACO received glowing reviews throughout the tour, with the San Francisco Chroniclepraising the Orchestra for its “trademark blend of suavity and vigor”, continuing that “this terrific string ensemble seems to shine at anything it undertakes”, whileLimelight enthused that it’s “easy to see why they are in such demand, both as an ensemble of excellence and a breath of fresh air.”
North America remains an important international touring destination for the ACO, along with the UK, Europe and Japan.
“The ACO is Australia’s busiest touring orchestra, having toured internationally over 65 times in its 44-year history, and is regarded as one of the world’s great chamber ensembles,” saidACO Managing Director Richard Evans.
“We were thrilled with how enthusiastically the Orchestra was received by audiences across the US, in cities including New York, Boston and Costa Mesa, throughout our first tour to the country in three years. The ACO has a long and successful history of touring to North America, which continues to be one of the Orchestra’s major international touring priorities alongside the UK, Europe, and Japan.
“The ACO is fortunate to have established a broad international network of advocates who support our international touring activities. This includes our ACO US Board of Directors, whose support was essential in enabling this most recent tour, as well as future visits.”
The ACO’s US tour marked the first of two international tours in the Orchestra’s 2019 Season. In October 2019 the ACO will return to the UK for its second season in residence as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court at London’s Barbican Centre, following its critically acclaimed sell-out inaugural season in residence in 2018.