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Emmanuel Pahud

Due to extensive delays with the orchestra’s flights, tonight’s performance of Emmanuel Pahud has been delayed. The performance is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00pm.

The performance is still scheduled to run for 1 hour 45 minutes.   

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. The pre-concert talk will still take place from 6:45pm to 7:15pm.


The world’s greatest living flautist Emmanuel Pahud is back! Twelve years after his Australian debut, one of Richard Tognetti’s great musical friends returns to perform with the ACO. Pahud currently divides his time between his Principal Flute position at the Berlin Philharmonic and touring the world as a soloist.

This program is like an historical adventure – tracing the Franco-Germanic lineage from Bach senior, to his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, through to Franck, Debussy, Ravel and Boulez.

And it gives our soloist an opportunity to stand alone in the spotlight with CPE Bach’s Flute Sonata, a stunning example of the composer’s genius, and Debussy’s Syrinx, which may well be the greatest solo flute piece of all time.

Ravel’s String Quartet, composed at the very beginning of the 20th century, is brimming with seductive melodies, iridescent pizzicato passages, colourful trill effects and luscious harmonies. Franck’s great Violin Sonata, arranged here for flute and strings by Richard Tognetti, is testament to Franck’s influence over such composers as Ravel, Debussy and Boulez.


JS BACH Ricercar a 6 from Musical Offering
CPE BACH Sonata for Flute in A minor
RAVEL (arr. Richard Tognetti) String Quartet in F major
BOULEZ Memorial
FRANCK (arr. Richard Tognetti) Sonata for Flute & Strings


Rosalind Appleby 6:45 Terrace Level Foyer


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Emmanuel Pahud Flute


  • Under 30 tickets are $49 for anyone aged 30 years and under for ACO Concerts. A valid proof of ID must be presented.
  • $20 Student Rush tickets are available at the box office an hour before each concert. A valid full-time student ID card must be presented upon purchase to receive the discount.


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