2017 concert season


From the Artistic Director

I am delighted to introduce the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra 2017 Concert Season.

Europe was immensely musically productive during the Classical and Romantic periods. It is from this region and time that we fed our imaginations when planning next year’s programs. Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Rossini are well known composers to the music loving public. Spohr and Wolf, however, although not performed as often as the others, made potent and telling contributions to European music and have absolutely earned their places in the musical Pantheon. Spohr was a product of the Mannheim school, the musical nursery - in the botanical sense - of the Nineteenth century, and Wolf followed directly in Schubert’s footsteps, taking the Lied to unsurpassed heights.

Our programs bring you Rachael Beesley (violin) and Nicole van Bruggen (basset clarinet) as soloists. We also feature the magnificent Australian mezzo soprano, Fiona Campbell, performing virtuosic arias by Rossini. We welcome back Benjamin Bayl, our Principal Guest Conductor in March, and I must tell you all very frankly I can hardly wait to conduct the Schubert & Rossini program in May; featuring two composers whose treatment of the voice was diametrically opposed but who brought melodic writing and decoration to new heights.

Onwards and upwards, and please join us with all of your friends at all of our concerts.



Catch the new wave of Historically Informed Performers as they bring a revitalised spirit and energy to Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s masterpieces. From Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, his playful Contredanses and sublime Romance for violin featuring concertmaster Rachael Beesley, to Wolf’s Italian Serenade for Strings and Mendelssohn’s thrilling ‘Italian’ Symphony.

Experience the style and grandeur of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra performing live on period instruments with the mesmerising mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell. Hear the most extraordinarily spectacular overtures and arias from Rossini’s well known operas, then fall in love with Schubert’s most famous work, the ‘Unfinished’ Symphony.


Don’t miss the chance to hear the beautiful rich sounds and textures of the ARCO Chamber Soloists, with the star of the basset clarinet Nicole van Bruggen. Whilst Spohr introduces us to a revolutionary new world of string playing, Mozart is at his best in the famous Clarinet Quintet, and the sublime Grande Sestetto Concertante.





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