The Australian Chamber Orchestra will perform a trio of pieces inspired by passionate and traumatic life experiences, brought to life by an accompanying performance from Bell Shakespeare actors, Marshall Napier and Ella Scott Lynch. 

The actors recreate the story behind 700 passionate letters written between Czech composer, Leoš Janáček, and his much younger married muse. Under London Symphony Orchestra’s concert master Gordan Nikolic, the ACO will perform Janáček’s unashamedly autobiographical second quartet, Intimate Letters, which explores his overwhelming, obsessive, and ultimately unrequited love. It will be accompanied by Mozart’s Divertimento In F and Smetana’s String Quartet No 2.

Intimate Letters will play at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday August 24, and at City Recital Hall, Angel Place Tuesday August 26 – Saturday August 30.

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