With more than 50 international tours to 37 countries, ACO is one of the most travelled Australian performing arts companies. The ACO's 2016 international tour to Switzerland, England, Denmark Scotland and the USA continues this impressive tradition. The tour includes a reception hosted by the London High Commissioner following the opening night ofWeimar Cabaret at Cadogan Hall.
From 22 to 26 July the ACO will present concerts at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. Founded by the great fiddler Yehudi Menuhin in 1957, the festival is held every European summer in the scenic Swiss alpine town of Gstaad. This year, Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra will perform three different concerts at Saanen Church. Audiences will firstly have an immersive experience with music by Bach only, followed by ‘Hope pays homage to Yehudi Menuhin’, in which acclaimed violinist Daniel Hope joins the ACO to perform a very personal homage to his mentor Menuhin. And, to conclude the orchestra’s festival season, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero will perform some of Mozart’s greatest works.
The critically acclaimed Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret will be presented in Cadogan Hall, London, from 28 July to 3 August. Barry Humphries curates, presents and performs the music of Berlin's Weimar Republic (1920s-1930s) including jazz, cabaret, tango and Broadway-musical style pieces. The hedonistic partying and social revolution of this era is re-awakened in this concert featuring Australian cabaret sensation Meow Meow.
On 4 August, the ACO travels to Copenhagen to the historic Tivoli Garden amusement park as part of the Tivoli Festival. Featuring two international opera stars, tenor Stuart Skelton and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, the ACO will present a program with Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Then, from 6 – 9 August, the ACO will reprise both the Wagner and Mahler concerts and Barry Humphries’Weimar Cabaret at the Edinburgh International Festival. Lastly, Barry Humphries’Weimar Cabaret will be presented on 14 August at the iconic Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts, United States.