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Mackay To Welcome Back Australian Chamber Orchestra

Classical music lovers are thrilled to hear the Australian Chamber Orchestra is returning to Mackay this September, alongside Australia’s most talented emerging string players. Led by renowned British violinist, Matthew Truscott, a frequent performer on the world’s most celebrated concert hall stages, the performance Ecstatic Dances will include music from Stravinsky’s iconic ballet Petrushka, and Bartok’s Divertimento for string orchestra.

The 17-piece string ensemble brings together musicians of the ACO with Australia’s most talented young professional string players to create a high-energy string orchestra.

Manager MECC and Events, Andrew Bobeldyk said Mackay’s appreciation of classical music transcends across many age groups.

“The last time the MECC had classical music on stage, we had six individual schools come along to watch. We’re finding instrumental students appreciate the dedication it takes for these musicians to create such an impressive symphony.”

Recent data trends reveal it’s not just instrumental students who are listening in to the likes of Stravinsky, Mozart and Beethoven. Millennials and Gen Z are using streaming services such as Spotify to listen in, and now make up a third of the genre’s listeners.

“Listening to classical music can help one relax and maintain a sense of calm. Quite a few students use classical music playlists to help them focus during study,” Mr Bobeldyk said.

Director of Ecstatic Dances, Matthew Truscott, is delighted to collaborate with ACO Collective and perform a stunning selection of classical music from across the world and centuries.

“We are excited to present music with energy and drive, the irresistible pulse of the dance,” Matthew Truscott said.

The performance will showcase pieces from world renowned composers, including Purcell, Stravinsky, Holly Harrison, Ross Edwards, and Bartok Divertimento.

“From the exoticism and sensuality of Purcell’s England to the thrill-seeking dynamism of Australian composer Holly Harrison’s Black Ice, commissioned especially for ACO Collective, the program showcases the vitality and virtuosity of the ensemble,” Truscott said.

What: ACO Collective | Ecstatic Dances Directed by Matthew Truscott

When: Saturday 9 September, 7.30pm

Where: MECC – Auditorium

Tickets: Call 4961 9777 or visit

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