ACO goes to Shul

February 18, 2013 by Henry Benjamin
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For the first time since it was founded in 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra will perform in a synagogue.

Ilya Isacovich Photo: Henry Benjamin

Ilya Isakovich
Photo: Henry Benjamin

The world famous string ensemble under the leadership of Richard Tognetti will be joined by 20 school students when it takes to the specially built stage in Sydney’s Great synagogue next week.

Pupils performing with the orchestra currently attend Moriah College, the Emanuel School and Sydney Grammar.

The idea is the brainchild of ABC-TV producer Jennifer Feller, a close friend of the orchestra’s deputy manager Jessica Block. The concert will include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.2 (the most popular of the Brandenburg concertos), Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 and Richard Tognetti performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3.
For the Corelli, the orchestra will be joined by the senior string players of Moriah College and musicians from Emanuel School and Sydney Grammar. The orchestra will conduct a workshop for the students before the concert.

The event is being staged to raise funds for The Great Synagogue’s education and outreach programs

J-Wire videoed an interview with Ilya Isakovich, a Sydney-based member of the orchestra since 2004 who plays a 16th century violin….he talks about his own career and what makes the ACO the special orchestra it is. Ilya was born in Russia and grew up in Israel where he was a member of the first violin section of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

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