The Australian Chamber Orchestra with Richard Tognetti. Installation view Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce curated by Hetti Perkins, TarraWarra Museum of Art. Photo: Samara Clifford.

The TarraWarra Festival: Australian Chamber Orchestra 2024

Saturday 4 May 2024 - Sunday 5 May 2024

Update: Saturday night and Sunday morning performance tickets available.

Join us for the TarraWarra Festival! For the 2024 TarraWarra Festival, Richard Tognetti and the ACO will perform a unique suite of concerts in the central gallery of TarraWarra Museum of Art. The Orchestra and audience will be surrounded by Systems and Structures, an exhibition featuring significant works from the Museum’s collection by artists, including Howard Arkley, Lesley Dumbrell, Rosalie Gascoigne, Robert Hunter, Hilarie Mais, John Nixon and Robert Owen, who each explore geometry, seriality, repetition, and systematic parameters as a key element in their artistic processes.

In the adjacent gallery SUPERsystems: Peter Atkins and Dana Harris will feature major new works by two of Australia’s leading contemporary practitioners. For Dr. No (after Maurice Binder), 2020–2023, Peter Atkins deconstructed the animated opening sequence for the first James Bond film down to individual frames and then painted exact replicas of each high-keyed geometric abstract composition. Initiated during the long lockdowns in Melbourne, Dana Harris’s fancywork, 2020–2023, comprises of intricately hand-embroidered panels based on the artist’s daily excursions walking through and mapping the largely deserted urban landscape of the inner city.

Also on show will be The Industrial Design of Clement Meadmore: The Harris/Atkins Collection. Featuring an extensive group of individual pieces by one of the key figures of Australian modernist design, this outstanding collection will reveal Meadmore’s remarkable ability to manipulate the most basic materials such as steel rod, cotton cord, sheet metal, canvas and thin plywood into functional, innovative and durable objects.

Festival packages include three concerts, an exclusive behind the scenes masterclass, exhibition entry and complimentary food and refreshments.



Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Stefanie Farrands Viola
Australian Chamber Orchestra

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Kanon zu acht Stimmen, BWV1072
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH The Art of Fugue: Fuga a 3 Soggetti (unfinished)
PAUL HINDEMITH Trauermusik, for viola and strings
KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI Leaves of an Unwritten Diary
SUFJAN STEVENS (arr. Michael Atkinson) Suite from Run Rabbit Run


Richard Tognetti Director and Violin
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello
Maxime Bibeau Double Bass
Australian Chamber Orchestra

TOM COULT Prelude (after Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe) Australian Premiere
IDA MOBERG Stillness
FRANZ SCHUBERT (arr. strings) Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D.821
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Three Nocturnes for Solo Double Bass: Nos. 1 & 2 Australian Premiere
JOHANNES BRAHMS (arr. Richard Tognetti) Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77


Helena Rathbone and ACO Collective present a workshop featuring the music of Hugo Wolf and Henry Purcell.

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Australian Chamber Orchestra

Featuring ACO Collective directed by Helena Rathbone

HUGO WOLF Italian Serenade*
HENRY PURCELL Fantazia upon One Note*
ERWIN SCHULHOFF (arr. strings) Five Pieces for String Quartet: Selections
EDWARD ELGAR Sospiri, Op.70
JOSEPH HAYDN String Quartet in D major, Op.20, No.4: Selections
EDVARD GRIEG Holberg Suite, Op.40

* Performed by ACO Collective

Please Note: TarraWarra Museum of Art will be closed to the general public from 3–5 May 2024.

This event is now booked out. For any enquiries please contact our team on 03 5957 3100

Related exhibition

Systems and Structures: A Focus on the TarraWarra Museum of Art Collection

  • Now Showing
  • Closes 14 July 2024
Drawing predominantly from TarraWarra Museum of Art’s significant collection of abstract painting and sculpture, Systems and Structures features works by a range of Australian artists who employ patterns, geometry, modules and repetition as key elements in their creative process. Rather than restrict or limit their creativity, for many artists the introduction of a system or […]

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