Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground

with Richard Tognetti and Satu Vänskä (ACO), Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes), Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) & music of Bach, Stravinsky, Webern, Hollander, and Nirvana

Thu March 20th, 2014


Main Space

Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 6:30PM

Show Time: 7:30PM

Event Ticket: $20/$25/$30

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Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti, Violin and Artistic Director
Satu Vänska, Violin and Vocals
Brian Ritchie, Guitar
Jim Moginie, Guitar
Jacob Greenberg, Piano
Anthony Pateras: An Island off an Island off an Island
Richard Tognetti: Sea Drift
Stravinsky: 3 Pieces for String Quartet: movement three
Paganini (arr. Tognetti): Caprice No. 5
Gesualdo (arr. Tognetti): Asciugate i begli occhi
Jonny Greenwood: Prospector’s Quartet
Hollander: Wenn ich mir was wuenschen duerfte
JS Bach (arr Tognetti): Canons on a Goldberg Ground
Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet: movement three
Cobain/Tognetti: Milk It
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8: movement two
Hassler: Lutheran hymn
NIN (arr.Tognetti): Something I can never have
Seated: $25 advance, $30 day of show
Standing: $20 advance, $25 day of show
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Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground

All of it felt progressive…no one was debating classical versus popular… we had shifting formations of strings and samples…quietly thrilling.” Sydney Morning Herald
The next instalment cannot come soon enough.” Drum


The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s electro-acoustic spin off band, ACO Underground, perform eclectic, genre-bending gigs under the direction of violinist, vocalist, front woman and curator Satu Vänskä. The band feature musicians from “badass classical band” (Time Out New York) the Australian Chamber Orchestra and guitarist Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) and bass guitarist Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes).

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s performances around the globe regularly receive hyperbolic reviews for its inspired programming and unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality. While ACO Underground draws on this aesthetic, it does so with attitude, and without the constraints of a fixed genre or concert-hall setting.
This one-night only ACO Underground LPR gig features reimagined songs by Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails, new music by Richard Tognetti and excerpts from Bach, Stravinsky, Webern and Shostakovich.

Richard Tognetti and Satu Vänskä (ACO)

Australian violinist, conductor and composer, Richard Tognetti has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten, in his home town of Wollongong with William Primrose, and at the Berne Conservatory (Switzerland) with Igor Ozim, where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the top graduate soloist in 1989. Later that year he was appointed Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and subsequently became Artistic Director. He is also Artistic Director of the Maribor Festival in Slovenia and Creative Associate of Classical Music for Melbourne Festival.
Tognetti performs on period, modern and electric instruments. His numerous arrangements, compositions and transcriptions have expanded the chamber orchestra repertoire and been performed throughout the world.
As director or soloist, Tognetti has appeared with the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg,Tapiola Sinfonietta, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Nordic Chamber Orchestra and the Australian symphony orchestras. He conducted Mozart’s Mitridate for the Sydney Festival and gave the Australian premiere of Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony.
Tognetti has collaborated with colleagues from across various art forms and artistic styles, including Joseph Tawadros, Dawn Upshaw, James Crabb, Emmanuel Pahud, Jack Thompson, Katie Noonan, Neil Finn,Tim Freedman, Paul Capsis, Bill Henson and Michael Leunig.
In 2003, Tognetti was co-composer of the score for Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; violin tutor for its star, Russell Crowe; and can also be heard performing on the award-winning soundtrack. In 2005, he co-composed the soundtrack to Tom Carroll’s surf film Horrorscopes and, in 2008, created The Red Tree, inspired by illustrator Shaun Tan’s book. He co-created and starred in the 2008 documentary film Musica Surfica, which has won best film awards at surf film festivals in the USA, Brazil, France and South Africa.
As well as directing numerous recordings by the ACO, Tognetti has recorded Bach’s solo violin repertoire for ABC Classics, winning three consecutive ARIA awards, and the Dvorak and Mozart Violin Concertos for BIS.
A passionate advocate for music education,Tognetti established the ACO’s Education and Emerging Artists programs in 2005.
Richard Tognetti was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010. He holds honorary doctorates from three Australian universities and was made a National Living Treasure in 1999. He performs on a 1743 Guarneri del Gesù violin, lent to him by an anonymous Australian private benefactor.
Chair sponsored by Michael Ball AM & Daria Ball, Wendy Edwards and Prudence McLeod.
Satu Vänskä was appointed Assistant Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2004. Satu was born to a Finnish family in Japan where she took her first violin lessons at the age of three. Her family moved back to Finland in 1989 and she continued her studies with Pertti Sutinen at the Lahti Conservatorium and the Sibelius Academy. From 1997 Satu was a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich where she finished her diploma in 2001.
In 1998 Sinfonia Lahti named her “young soloist of the year”. In 2000 she was a prize winner of the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” and from 2001 she played under the auspices of the Live Music Now Foundation founded by Lord Yehudi Menuhin which gave her the opportunity to perform with musicians like Radu Lupu and Heinrich Schiff.
Satu performs regularly as guest director and soloist with the ACO, and features in a variety of roles at festivals with the ACO in Australia, Niseko and Maribor. An ardent chamber musician, Satu was presented in recital in July 2012 by the Sydney Opera House as part of their Utzon Room Music Series.
Satu plays a 1728/9 Stradivarius violin owned by the ACO Instrument Fund.
Chair sponsored by Kay Bryan.

Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes)

Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil)

music of Bach, Stravinsky, Webern, Hollander, and Nirvana

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