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Bach & Pärt

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Estonian Chamber Choir singing ethereally alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Time becomes space, as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir bring J S Bach and Arvo Pärt into spiritual and emotional communion.

‘Bach lives in quantum time’, says violinist Richard Tognetti, director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. ‘He lives in the then, the now and the future.’ To artists as adventurous and as open-minded as these, Bach is a natural partner to the spiritually charged, profoundly emotional music of Arvo Pärt. 

So now Bach meets Pärt; Peter Sculthorpe encounters Galina Grigorjeva; and the concentrated energy of the ACO comes together with the inward beauty of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in a concert that unites four centuries and two continents. The culmination is a full performance of Pärt’s Berliner Messe; music that opens a window into the soul. 

This performance will end at approximately 9.15pm, including a 20 minute interval.


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Barbican Sessions: Timo-Veikko Valve


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