Sequenza Italiana Included in the first half of an extraordinary program surveying five centuries of Italian music are Monteverdi madrigals, Berio sequenzas, Paganini showpieces and a cello concerto by Leonardo Leo. Drawing these disparate threads together into a compelling and, at times, thrilling musical narrative are violinist Satu Vanska, leading a cut-down Australian Chamber Orchestra with guest cellist Giovanni Sollima (pictured). Sollima, making his second tour with the ACO, was in brilliant form in Leo’s Cello Concerto No 3 during the orchestra’s Perth performance. An expressive and energetic performer, he often plays with a sense of abandon, whether dispatching dazzling passagework or wringing every heartfelt nuance from a melodic line. In Rossini’s lightweight but technically treacherous theme and variations, Une Larme, Sollima pulled out all the stops, powering through the flashy scales, milking the languorous OUR Land People Stories Each of the three works in Bangarra’s Stories enlarges our understanding of connection with the land, learning from the past, the glue of community and the enduring power of storytelling. In a series of short, surreal and highly evocative scenes, Macq relives a massacre of indigenous Australians in NSW ordered by governor Lachlan Macquarie. Beau Dean Riley Smith and Daniel Riley created Miyagan together. It shows a kinship system reclaiming young people who are at first disconnected from it. Stephen Page’s homage to Arnhem Land artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Nyapanyapa, is wondrously multi-layered. The 17 dancers are entrancing, revelling in fluid, full-bodied movement and animating every moment with shining sincerity. Sydney Opera House. Bennelong Point. Ends today, 2pm and 8pm. Tickets: $35-$95. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777. Duration: 2hr 15min with interval.