Australian Chamber Orchestra River

12 Feb 2024, 7pm
Concert Hall, QPAC
2 hours
(including interval, subject to change without notice)
$59 - $166 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

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A cinematic odyssey exploring the waterways that have shaped our world, in all their majesty and fragility.

For millions of years, rivers shaped landscapes and sustained communities. In flow, flood and drought, rivers gave life and carried it away. In two short centuries, humans have begun to re-shape rivers. We build dams upstream to sustain our cities. We alter flood plains and vary flows. Downstream, the changes can be catastrophic.

Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and Director Jennifer Peedom follow their acclaimed Mountain with this cinematic exploration of the waterways that have shaped our world. On screen, the rivers flow in rhythm and harmony with music from outstanding composers. The result is an awe-inspiring combination of timeless music, captivating cinematography, and distinctive narration from Academy Award™ winner Willem Dafoe.

The score features iconic works by composers including Bach and Ravel, music by Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead, and new original music by Richard Tognetti and peerless Indigenous composer William Barton. The soundtrack won ARIA and AACTA awards. Performed live by Richard Tognetti and the ACO, alongside Jennifer Peedom’s astonishing visuals, the effect is even more powerful.


River: film live in concert, featuring music by
Thomas Adès
Peteris Vasks
Richard Tognetti
Jonny Greenwood
William Barton

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


  • Musical Director, Composer and Violin Richard Tognetti
  • Composer, Vocals and Didgeridoo William Barton
  • Vocals and Violin Satu Vänskä
  • Orchestra Australian Chamber Orchestra
  • Writer, Director and Producer Jennifer Peedom
  • Writer Robert Macfarlane
  • Producer Jo-anne McGowan
  • Producer John Smithson
  • Co-Writer and Co-Director Joseph Nizeti
  • Principal Cinematography Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • Principal Cinematography Ben Knight
  • Principal Cinematography Sherpas Cinema
  • Principal Cinematography Renan Ozturk
  • Principal Cinematography Pete McBride
  • Narrator Willem Dafoe
  • Staging Director Nigel Jamieson
  • Lighting Design Damien Cooper
River does not request your attention. It demands your surrender.
Sydney Morning Herald

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