The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Eu­gene Goossens Hall, ABC Cen­tre, 700 Har­ris Street, Ul­timo. Next Fri­day, 8pm. Tick­ets: $20$58. Book­ings: (02) 8004 3472 or on­line. ACO Soloists In a dis­play of ex­tra­or­di­nary ta­lent, stand­out Aus­tralian Cham­ber Orches­tra mu­si­cians will be per­form­ing a loaded pro­gram of soloist pieces. Prin­ci­pal violin Satu Van­ska takes on the daz­zling Har­monic Labyrinth by Lo­catelli. Join­ing her in Vi­valdi’s Con­certo for Two Vi­o­lins and Cello is one of the orches­tra’s new­est play­ers, Glenn Chris­tensen. An­other of ACO’s renowned prin­ci­pals, cel­list Timo-Veikko Valve, will play his glo­ri­ous Guarneri in a new ar­range­ment of De­bussy’s mer­cu­rial Sonata for Cello and Pi­ano, reimag­ined in this new Nut­cracker: Story of Clara The Aus­tralian Bal­let de­parts from the whim­si­cal orig­i­nal to tell a story grounded in re­al­world events and the his­tory of bal­let in Aus­tralia. In Graeme Mur­phy’s rad­i­cal retelling, Clara (Dim­ity Azoury, pic­tured) is an el­derly Rus­sian em­i­grant and for­mer prima bal­le­rina, dream­ing with love and sad­ness of one fever­ishly hot Aus­tralian Christ­mas Eve in the late 1950s. Her story en­com­passes romance and loss, world­wide fame, war and revo­lu­tion, and a jour­ney to Aus­tralia which leads to her join­ing the nation’s ear­li­est pro­fes­sional bal­let com­pany, sow­ing the seeds of The Aus­tralian Bal­let.

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