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Francesco (Frank) Celata presents the Australian World Orchestra with Guest Conductor Maestro Riccardo Muti



Francesco (Frank) Celata presents the Australian World Orchestra with Guest Conductor Maestro Riccardo Muti

The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to host the presentation of the Australian tour of the Australian World Orchestra with guest conductor Riccardo Muti, which will perform at the Sydney Opera House on the 2nd and the 4th of May and at the Arts Centre Melbourne on the 5th of May 2018.

For the occasion the Institute has invited Francesco (Frank) Celata, clarinettist and Board Member of the Australian World Orchestra, and the Orchestra’s Artistic Director, Alexander Briger AO. Frank Celata will talk about his what audiences can expect when Maestro Muti leads the orchestra in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House in May this year. Mr Celata will play a couple of pieces by Rossini for clarinet accompanied on the piano by Grace Kim. AWO Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Alexander Briger AO will discuss the history of the Australian World Orchestra, concentrating in particular on the 2018 tour under the helm of world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti.

australianworldorchestra2016 0099 herodanielboud copy 2Since its inaugural concert series in 2011, the Australian World Orchestra has established itself as arguably the most exciting orchestral initiative in Australia’s cultural history, dazzling audiences in Australia and overseas and performing to over 34,000 music lovers. Critics have described performances as ‘superb’, ‘joyous’, ‘stunning’ and ‘immaculate’. Dubbed ‘the Socceroos of classical music’, the orchestra brings together Australia’s elite national and international musicians to present unrivalled performances of musical virtuosity. The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) has attracted such legendary conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Simone Young and Maestro Zubin Mehta. Now, in 2018, they will reunite for their annual performance series of three concerts under the baton of the brilliant Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti.

Francesco (Frank) Celata is the Associate Principal Clarinettist with the frank celataSydney Symphony Orchestra. Frank graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1987. He then studied in Amsterdam and in 1991 he returned to Australia, where he was appointed Principal Clarinet with the then Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. He joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1993 as Associate Principal Clarinet. He has also appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia, and with the London Symphony Orchestra as guest Principal Clarinet. Frank Celata is a founding member of one of Sydney’s leading chamber ensembles, the Sydney Soloists, and is a member of the New Sydney Wind Quintet. He is also a dedicated teacher, and since 1994 has taught clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he is a Lecturer in Clarinet. In 2013 he joined the staff of the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart as Lecturer in Orchestral and Chamber Music.

alexander brigerAlexander Briger AO is one of Australia’s preeminent conductors, having worked with Maestros Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Sir Charles Mackerras. Awarded the Order of Australia for services to music as a leading conductor in 2016, he is considered a specialist in the works of Janáček, Mozart and contemporary music. In the UK he has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martins in the Fields. His international career spans such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain, the Japanese Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra and every major Australian orchestra. Considered an opera specialist, Alexander has conducted opera for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma amongst others. In August 2010 he founded the Australian World Orchestra, of which he is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.

Free entry. Limited seats.awo 2018 logo sito

Booking essential: 


Date: Thursday, April 05, 2018

Time: From 5:30 pm To 7:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Australian World Orchestra

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney