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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: New Constellations

17 August 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

Tickets: Adult $65 | Concession $55 | Student $25

Berlin-based violinist Jakob Lehmann leads an ensemble of specialist local and international chamber musicians through the expansive sounds and pioneering ideas of New Constellations. The Octet for Strings was written when Mendelssohn was just 16, and illustrates the transformation of performance techniques in the chamber music of the early-Romantic period. Brahms destroyed the nonet version of his Serenade, but based on archives and written accounts this original chamber version has been brought back to life.

Founded under the Artistic Direction of renowned musician and educator the late Richard Gill AO and now under the co-artistic direction of Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra is a world-class orchestra of leading Australian musicians. It is dedicated to the performance of Classical and Romantic orchestral and chamber music repertoire in historically informed style on period instruments. Now in its sixth year, the orchestra has already become a musical force to be reckoned with in Australia with its performance programming and active education activities lauded by audiences and critics alike. In 2019, it presents the In Celebration series, an outstanding series of concerts that bring historical insights and new perspectives to Classical and Romantic repertoire.

“This was a radiant performance with the pared back texture allowing the many individual lines and unique colours of the specialised instruments and their players, to shine.”


  • Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
  • Jakob Lehmann | Guest Director


  • Felix MENDELSSOHN | Octet for Strings in E-flat Major
  • Johannes BRAHMS | Serenade No.1 in D Major for Nonet

This concert appears as part of the Newcastle Music Festival.



Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle
cnr Auckland and Laman Streets
Newcastle, NSW 2308 Australia
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