The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra opens its 2020 season with The Impresario, a concert of spectacular and sublime music perofrmed by its orchestra of international and Australian ‘HIP’ stars, to celebrate Beethoven’s birth, Mozart’s cheeky humour and to re-introduce audiences to the music of Anton Eberl. They will perform in their characteristic Historically Informed Performance (HIP) style on period instruments.
There is no question that the music of Mozart and Beethoven deserves its prominence on concert stages around the world today but many of their contemporaries were also highly respected in the cultural circles of Classical Vienna and beyond. Marking 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, the musicians of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra reunite him with long-forgotten friend and occasional rival, Anton Eberl.
Directed by co-artistic director and concertmaster Rachael Beesley, The Impresario gives Australian listeners the rare opportunity to become acquainted with Eberl’s E-flat major Symphony – a work that audiences greeted with enthusiasm right from its first performance in 1805. It is prefaced by the overture to The Impresario, Mozart’s short comedy about singers vying for top billing, and followed by Beethoven’s breathtaking 7th Symphony, which the composer himself regarded as one of his greatest achievements.
As always, the March series features the orchestra’s regular Voyage of Musical Discovery companion education program, this time themed ‘Motivic Development’ and featuring the deconstruction and performance of a suite by virtuoso Australian saxophonist and composer Nick Russoniello and a closer look at one of Eberl’s forgotten symphonies.
The Impresario: The programme: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Overture Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), K.486/ ANTON EBERL: Symphony in E-flat major, Op.33/ LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.7 in A Minor, Op.92
Thursday 5 March, 6.30pm The Hills Grammar School Kenthurst Tickets $25-$60
Friday 6 March, 7.00pm City Recital Hall, Sydney Tickets $25-$120
Sunday 8 March, 2.00pm Newcastle City Hall Tickets $25-$65