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River at City Recital Hall
River at City Recital Hall

River at City Recital Hall

Sydney, NSW
The creative team behind Mountain presents the musical and cinematic odyssey, River, in a special one-night-only concert.
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About River at City Recital Hall

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is thrilled to bring you the world premiere of River live in concert on 15 October.

Following its critically acclaimed cinema release in 2021, River is a musical and cinematic odyssey from the creators of Mountain. See the ACO perform the score live alongside a screening of the film.

Rivers have shaped the earth and shaped the human species. We love and abuse rivers, worship and pollute them, flood them for wealth and turn to them for solace.

Immersing yourself in a river is the simplest way to feel its life force and to understand our instinctive connection to it. From director Jennifer Peedom comes this powerful collaboration created as a companion film to our record-breaking production, Mountain. River is another extraordinary tale of nature and humans as partners and adversaries.

With a musical score performed live and directed by Richard Tognetti, featuring his own music alongside Bach, Vivaldi, Ravel, Jonny Greenwood, and a new collaboration with William Barton, along with Australian composer Piers Burbrook de Vere.

River is a reminder that it is never too late to ask ourselves: ‘are we being good ancestors?’ The film asks us all to examine pleasure, loss and the consequences of our actions. While all the while immersing us in the experience of body and water, of music and life.

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“This stunningly well photographed, poetically inclined hymn to the world’s waterways is definitely a must-see… The film’s soundtrack is majestically augmented by a specially composed music score by Richard Tognetti.” – The Australian

“An awe-inspiring, musical tour of the Earth’s waterways” – Time Out

“… put together with a finely tuned instinct for the sensuous power of the earth’s splendours” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Haunting and exceptional” – Limelight

Writer & Director: Jennifer Peedom

Co-Writer & Co-Director: Joseph Nizeti

Writer: Robert MacFarlane

Producer: Jo-anne McGowan

Producer: John Smithson

Musical Director, Composer & Lead Violin: Richard Tognetti AO

Staging Director: Nigel Jamieson

Vocals: William Barton

Performed with: Australian Chamber Orchestra

Start date

October 15th, 2022

End date

October 15th, 2022


Classical, Music Event


City Recital Hall

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