About

AUSTRALIAN DISCOVERY ORCHESTRA

Principal Conductor: Kevin Purcell
 
The Australian Discovery Orchestra provides 68 exceptional professional musicians from across the country, the opportunity to come together several times each year to perform repertoire embracing the catalogue of extraordinary orchestral music rarely heard live in-concert, occasional performances of classic masterworks revealed in a new light, and a commitment to premiering new Australian music.
The orchestra is committed to seeking new ways of engaging viewers and listeners by making the music it performs a catalyst for interaction with its Internet-wide audience. Holding to a core belief that experiencing orchestral music is really one of the most humanly transformative activities imagineable, the ADO strives to create unique modes of musical storytelling able to be told across multiple channels simultaneously.

2019 Season Live Concert Tickets Now on Sale

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Book online and bring your children (15 years and under) to every event for FREE


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CONCERT 1 EVENT

19th May

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1996)

Atoms of Silence

Andrián Pertout (1963 – )
(Commissioned by Julian Burnside AO QC)
Australian work – world premiere performance

Symphony No. 8 in D Minor

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872- 1958)
(ed. David Lloyd Jones)


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CONCERT 2 EVENT
~Chamber Music Concert~

August 11th

“A conversation between friends.”

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973)

Sextet

Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)

L’Heure du Berger

Jean Françaix (1912-1997)

Sonata for clarinet, flute and piano

Maurice Emmanuel (1862-1938)

Opus Number Zoo

Luciano Berio (1925-2003)


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CONCERT 3 WEEKEND

Bax_Festival3Sir Arnold Bax Music Festival
~Edition No. 1~

August 31 – September 1st.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.””

W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

Tintagel

From Dusk ‘Till Dawn

Australian premiere performance
(with the permission of the Bax Trust and the cooperation with the Royal Academy of Music)


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CONCERT 4 SPECIAL EVENT

October 27th

KeysofLife

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine”

Alan Turing (1912-1954)

(Students of Daphne Proietto from Keys of Life perform with the ADO)

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Photo ©Alex Coppel/Herald Sun

featuring the Australian premiere of the enchanting

A Simple Concerto

for Solo Pianoforte and String Orchestra

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Dusk

C. Armstrong Gibbs

The Lark Ascending

Soloist: Marianne Rothschild

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872- 1958)

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Still available on Pay-Per-View from our 2018 Season

The ADO presents the Australian premiere

Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974)

Symphony No. 3 Op. 10 West Coast Pictures (Västkustbilder)

I. Sonnenrauch (Sun-smoke; Soldis)
II. Sturm (Storm)
III. Sommernacht (Summer Night; Sommarnatt)

Kurt Atterberg

“…the Third is arguably the finest of Atterberg’s nine, and there are some who rate it one of the finest Nordic symphonies of the first-half of the 20th century…”
Gramophone April 2016
  • PREVIEW


    Still available to watch from our 2017 Season

    Tosca

    Love | Murder | Betrayal

    Puccini’s incendiary operatic masterpiece (abridged) in concert

    Floria Tosca: Lee Abrahmsen
    Mario Cavaradossi: Matthew Reardon
    Il Barone Scarpia: Simon Meadows

    PREVIEW

    Now free to watch the whole concert through to 30 April 2019

    Click here to watch now