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Australian Chamber Orchestra

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:30 PM
At the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

$25-$55, $10 students with ID and children 18 and under
"The energy and vibe of a rock band with the ability of a crack classical chamber group.” – The Washington Post 
Richard Tognetti, artistic director
Charles Neidich, clarinet

Renowned for inspired programming and the rapturous response of audiences and critics, the Australian Chamber Orchestra embodies the vibrant, adventurous, youthful, and inquiring spirit of Australia. Artistic director and lead violin Richard Tognetti has led the ACO as a flexible and versatile “ensemble of soloists,” on modern and period instruments, as a small chamber group, a small symphony orchestra, and as an electro-acoustic collective. Equally dynamic clarinetist Martin Fröst is a sought-after chamber musician, soloist, and conductor. Their program will include diverse repertoire from Mozart, Haydn, and more.

We’re also thrilled to premiere Water, the long-awaited new piece by acclaimed musician Jonny Greenwood. Following his latest international tour with legendary band Radiohead, Greenwood joined the ACO in the studio writing this new work. One of the world’s greatest guitarists, Greenwood also writes great orchestral music. He composed the award-winning film score for There Will Be Blood; was composer-in-residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra; and has written scores for films, including The Master, Norwegian Wood, and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Friday, April 17, 2015, 5:30-7 p.m.
Australian Wine Tasting
Keith Roberts, owner of the Vintage Cellar wine and beer shop in Blacksburg, has personally selected a host of Australian wines for the tasting and will be describing for the participants each wine’s special qualities, including complexity and characters within the fermentation process, flavors and ingredients, and the similarities and differences between the selections. With each ticket, six tastings will be given. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Space is limited.
Balcony Lobby, Street and Davis Performance Hall
$25; registration required through the box office

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All performances take place in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, in the Street and Davis Performance Hall, unless otherwise noted.