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ACO’s 2005 collaboration with artist Bill Henson, Luminous, was a ground-breaking, cross-genre musical and visual feast. Celebrating 10 years since their last performance of Luminous, they’re bringing it back, revived and refreshed, with indie Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter Lior.

Henson’s haunting, dramatic photography remains the visual focus. His night-time urban landscapes and moody explorations of sensuality – twilight zones between day and night, male and female, youth and adulthood, urban and rural settings – form the background to a meditative soundscape.

This revival features new imagery and music spanning Britten and Janáček to R.E.M., and the centrepiece is Pēteris Vasks’ pensive violin concerto, Distant Light. Nostalgic, melancholic, at times manic and beautifully evocative, Luminous is an arresting, multi-sensory journey.

Australian Chamber Orchestra 2019 Season


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Bill Henson Photography, Cinematography, Editing
Lior Vocals

PROGRAM - click here to view PDF 

BRITTEN Corpus Christi Carol
GABRIEL YARED The Talented Mr Ripley: Lullaby for Cain
R.E.M. I've Been High
PURCELL King Arthur: What power art thou?
PĒTERIS VASKS Concerto for Violin and Strings "Distant Light"
JANÁCEK On an overgrown path: Good night!


Finishes approx. 9.30pm
Includes 20 min. interval

Times are approximate and subject to change at any time.


Open from 5.30pm for pre-show dinner and barista coffee and cake post-show. Dinner bookings essential, click here for more info.

A 'Grab and Go' menu will be available pre-show at this event.

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Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra

National tour partner - Commonwealth Bank