“I looked up the composer and was shocked to see it was Williams. I think people will be surprised too, that his music isn’t just about the sweet themes we all know.
Not that the program is sugar free. The May concerts will surely be the first and only time that the ACO will take place with chariots of fire by Vangelis.
“It’s not something I’m going to bring home,” admits Tognetti.
“But Vangelis is here because the Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer, which he championed and used on Tanks and the blade runner soundtrack, is retrospectively one of the most important musical instruments of the 20th century.
It is in the 19th century that the ACO will begin its 2023 season next February, when the Russian violin virtuoso Ilya Gringolts will join them to play Violin Concerto No. 1 by Max Bruch.
This will be followed in March by another stylistic mash-up when Egyptian-Australian brothers Joseph and James Tawadros reunite with the ACO to give Vivaldi a Mediterranean twist. The four Seasons.
With Joseph on the oud (a fretless lute-like instrument) and James on the percussive riq, the program will feature Baroque works from Italy and the Ottoman Empire.
Elsewhere, the ACO will perform three of Mozart’s great symphonies – the Paris, Hafnerand linz – music that Tognetti describes as akin to “dancing to one’s own joy”. The artistic director has selected vintage wind players from around the world to join the ACO for the Mozart program next June, as well as emerging string players from the Australian National Academy of Music.
Living composers are also represented throughout the 2023 season, with music by American Caroline Shaw, the youngest Pulitzer recipient
Prize, the Italian Giovanni Sollima and the Australian composers Ross Edwards, Holly Harrison and Harry Sdraulig.
Australian Chamber Orchestra 2023 season tickets go on sale August 24 and single tickets October 19.