Due to continued uncertainty posed by COVID-19 restrictions in New South Wales, it is with deep regret that we advise that the Australian Chamber Orchestra's performance of River has been cancelled.
The ACO are very sorry that they are not able to perform River for you as they had planned on 10 August. River is a truly remarkable collaborative production that has been years in the making. It has required a significant contribution from Richard, the Orchestra and the entire organisation, both creatively and financially, so they have not taken this decision lightly.
“The process of making River was unique. Being mid-pandemic, we weren’t able to travel, so many collaborative elements of the film came together digitally, with cinematographers from across the globe sending footage to Australia to be edited into the film. However, we remained hopeful that by the time it came to premiering River, we would be able to join our audiences in the concert hall for the performance.
“I am so sorry that this is not the case. Thank you for the support you have shown us through purchasing a ticket to this performance, and I look forward to performing for you with my ACO colleagues in the not-too-distant future.” – Richard Tognetti, ACO Artistic Director
The ACO are determined to perform this extraordinary work for you at some future point. In the meantime, the soundtrack will be available through ABC Classic from 30 July and the River film will be showing in cinemas nationally later this year, so we hope that you will still be able to experience this wonderful collaboration through these two releases.
We also invite you to enjoy some spectacular writing on the production from some of Australia’s most extraordinary essayists, that was to be included in the River printed program.
If you are in a position to do so, the Australian Chamber Orchestra would like to ask that you consider donating the price of your ticket in support of the Orchestra. You can do so by following this link.
We appreciate your understanding during this time and for bearing with us. The ACO are doing everything they can to ensure that they join you in November for The Four Seasons.