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Live Concert
Wednesday 21 April, 7.30 pm

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday 21 April will be a very special day at Dungog’s James Theatre, when the Australian Chamber Orchestra performs in concert in Dungog for the first time.
The ACO is renowned for inspired programming and unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality. Under the artistic direction of outstanding Australian violinist Richard Tognetti, the Orchestra has been transformed into a vibrant ensemble that has become famous around the world. The Guardian called the ACO “one of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world’.
Led by Tognetti, the concert will feature works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Finnish composer Rautavaara, and Tchaikovsky. The program (subject to change) is:

BACH (arr. Tognetti), The Musical Offering, BWV1079: Ricercar a 6
MENDELSSOHN (arr. Tognetti), Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64, Soloist: Richard Tognetti, violin
RAUTAVAARA, The Fiddlers, Op. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY, Serenade for Strings in C major, Op.48
This major concert of the Australian Chamber Orchestra in our historic theatre is proudly hosted by The Friends of the James Theatre, in partnership with the Dungog Arts Foundation.

Guitar concert – Michael Fix, with songs by Mark Cryle
Sunday 24 April, 7 pm

‘Time Lines’: Australian Stories in Song

In ‘Time Lines’: Australian Stories in Song, we welcome seasoned performers Michael Fix and Mark Cryle who join forces on stage to create a unique musical perspective on Australian history.

Michael is an acclaimed acoustic guitarist and composer, and familiar face at the James, who has released 16 albums, several DVDS, EPs and songbooks, performing regularly at festivals across Australia, published over 1000 works and won numerous awards including 3 Golden Guitars. Mark is one of the best songwriters in Australia, with a PhD in Australian history, recorded albums and collaborated with countless other artists.
Time Lines brings people and events to life in song – about the Aboriginal fast bowler Eddie Gilbert, or the doughty St Patrick Day’s protesters confronting batons in Brisbane in 1948, or Ronald Ryan, the last man hanged in Australia. When Mark sings about visiting Sideshow Alley at the Brisbane Ekka as a child and a Dad, every word rings true without cloying sentimentality.
Both Mark and Michael are multi-instrumentalists and renowned performers, who are passionate about keeping Australia’s history alive – the good, the bad and the ugly – in a rich catalogue of original songs.
Tickets for this fantastic live event are $30 for general admission, and $20 for concession. You can buy them online at this link or at the theatre on the night.


April 2021

  • 21 Wed 7.30 pm
    Live Concert
    Australian Chamber Orchestra
  • 24 Sat 7 pm
    Guitar concert - Michael Fix, with songs by Mark Cryle
    ‘Time Lines’: Australian Stories in Song
  • 25 Sun 2 pm
    Peter Rabbit 2 (PG)
  • 25 Sun 7 pm
    Nomadland (M)
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