Global Music Network (www.gmn.com), the Internet’s premier site for complete live performances of classical music, opera, and jazz, offers an exclusive opportunity to experience the Australian Chamber Orchestra on 15 April to 20 April, 2000. Renowned pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will join the ensemble during one of their most exciting tours in the U.S. to date. This special webcast will mark the launch of the ACO on GMN.com. To register for the webcast visit www.gmn.com.
“GMN.com has solidified its position as THE place for classical music, opera and jazz,” said Michael Lubin, GMN.com’s Chairman and CEO. “We want music lovers and novices to look, listen, learn and enjoy music,” said Lubin. “We want these performances to uplift spirits”.
An event not to be missed, the ACO’s diverse programme includes: the madrigal, Ascuigate I begli occhi by Gesualdo, a work composed by the young Australian composer Brett Dean entitled Carlo, Janácek String Quartet No 1 ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ and Prokofiev Visions Fugitives transcribed for piano and orchestra by Richard Tognetti, leader of the ACO. In addition to Anne-Marie McDermott, pianist and GMN Family Artist, the brilliant Australian trumpeter Jeffrey Segal will join the ACO in a thrilling performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 1.
Between 25 March and 15 April 2000, the ACO has embarked on one of its most exciting tours to date. A 12 concert, 11 city itinerary has taken the ACO across the U.S.A from Alaska to New York. This tour is the twenty-seventh international tour by the Orchestra which have included hugely successful American tours in 1995 and 1998.
“It’s been a thrilling experience to tour with this outstanding group of players. Everyone in the orchestra is so committed and involved, and the programme is creative, imaginative, evocative and substantive,” commented Anne-Marie McDermott. “Shostakovich and Prokofiev are two of my favourite composers. I am currently immersed in recording the complete piano works by Prokofiev, so it’s particularly meaningful to be doing the Visions Fugitives in this compelling arrangement. Exploring the repertoire in such depth, in this sequence of tour concerts is a deeply satisfying experience.”
About Australian Chamber Orchestra
Founded in 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is a national orchestra with an outstanding international reputation for artistic excellence, comprised of some of the finest young musicians in Australia. The orchestra consists of a core group of 17 strings and, depending on repertoire, is augmented by specialist players and soloists to a maximum of 40. The ACO’s national program of activities is extensive and includes subscription series in a number of cities as well as regular performances in regional centres. This national profile is the direct result of the ACO’s commitment to providing Australia with a world class chamber orchestra.
In addition, the ACO is Australia’s most travelled cultural organization, having toured frequently throughout the major concert halls of Europe, Asia, North and South America and the Pacific. This international reputation also extends to the ACO’s recordings, which currently number at 17 CD releases, plus the Orchestra signed a 7-year exclusive contract with Sony Music in 1991.
Jeffrey Segal, Principal Trumpet of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and known for his extraordinarily versatile musical technique, joined the ACO on their current tour.
About Anne-Marie McDermott
Anne-Marie McDermott is widely celebrated by critics and audiences alike for her performances on the world’s concert stages. Since her Carnegie Hall debut at the tender age of 12, Anne-Marie has performed with leading American orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and is also an Artist Member of the acclaimed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has been a GMN Family Artist since the beginning of the company and has an extensive home page on GMN.com, including numerous live and recorded works, many exclusively for GMN as well as exclusive video interviews.
About Global Music Network
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