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ATLANTA (March 14, 2012)¿ Emory¿s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts welcomes the energetic Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) on Thursday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Joining the ACO will be New Zealand opera star Teddy Tahu Rhodes. The concert program includes Mahler, Shostakovich, and modern composers such as Robert Saxton. Teddy Tahu Rhodes will performing Beethoven¿s An die ferne Geliebte and Richard Rodney Bennett¿s Songs Before Sleep.
A common denominator among ACO¿s performances is their high energy and thrilling stage presence that engages audiences. Founded in 1975, the ACO currently performs under the direction of violinist Richard Tognetti. Under Tognetti¿s leadership, the ACO has performed as a flexible and versatile ¿ensemble of soloists,¿ on modern and period instruments, as a small chamber group, a small symphony orchestra, and as an electro-acoustic collective. Only the cellists are seated¿the resulting sense of power and individuality is one of the most commented-upon elements of an ACO concert experience. The Washington Post noted: "The energy and vibe of a rock band with the ability of a crack classical chamber group."
Award-winning baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes started his career at the early age of twenty after winning the prestigious Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship as New Zealand¿s most promising singer. Rhodes¿ international performance highlights include Don Giovanni in Bordeaux, South Pacific for Opera Australia, Gugielmo at the Washington Opera, Stanley at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as the Metropolitan Opera. He has been filmed on BBC and with the Metropolitan Opera, and has been recorded under the label of EMI and Deutshe Grammophon.
The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is a place where teaching, learning, and performance merge to create a vital arts presence for the entire community.