MECC Presents: ACO Collective | Ecstatic Dances

MECC Presents: ACO Collective | Ecstatic Dances

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ACO Collective combines Australia’s most talented emerging string players with the professional musicians of the Australian Chamber Orchestra to create a high energy
string orchestra.

A frequent performer on the world’s most celebrated concert hall stages, British violinist Matthew Truscott leads ACO Collective in a thrilling program of dances from across the
ages. Matthew is concertmaster and leader of two of Europe’s most renowned orchestras: the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. We’re thrilled to announce his return to Australia in this series of concerts across Queensland and New South Wales.

Matthew and ACO Collective will perform a tapestry of dance music for string orchestra, showcasing the vitality and virtuosity of this incredible ensemble.

Energy permeates every turn, from the Baroque elegance of Purcell’s England to the thrill-seeking dynamism of Australian composer Holly Harrison’s Black Ice, commissioned especially for ACO Collective. The rhythmic intensity of Stravinsky’s iconic ballet Petrushka comes to life in a new arrangement for strings, before the concert closes with Bartok’s showstopper, his Divertimento for String Orchestra. Overflowing with the folk melodies of his native Hungary, it’s the perfect showcase for ACO Collective.

“The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s emerging talent arm, ACO Collective, is blazing a promising trail into the art form’s next era.” – The Age

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Our boxes are available to pre-order online and limited boxes will be available to purchase pre-show, until sold out. To avoid disappointment, please pre-order.

Trio of Dips Box $11 (serves one)
Enjoy house made dips served with warmed naan bread

MECC Antipasto Boxes $15 (serves one)
Tantalise your taste buds with a selection of assorted cheeses, house made relish, gourmet danish salami, water crackers and seasonal fresh and dried fruits

Pre-order cut-off:
Boxes only available to pre-order up to 10am the day prior to event.  If event is on a weekend pre-orders close at 10am the Friday prior.

Buy at the event:
Limited boxes will be available to purchase at the event from the retail café until sold out.

Collection at the event: 
Boxes will be available for collection from the retail café 60 minutes prior to event, food can be taken into the Auditorium.

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Retail Café and Candy Bar - Join us 60 minutes prior to show and at interval (if applicable), we offer drinks, delicious food, and candy options.

Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre aims to ensure our venues and performances are welcoming and accessible. If you have any questions about access requirements, please contact the Box Office before purchasing tickets.


Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair seats/spaces are available for all events. These seats/spaces can be booked by contacting our Box Office on (07) 4961 9777.
All levels of the MECC carpark are fully wheelchair accessible.

Hearing Receivers are available in the Auditorium and a Hearing Loop is available in the Plenary Halls. To access this equipment simply enquire at the Box Office prior to event. Please contact the Box Office (07) 4961 9777 or visit us in person for more information.

Companion Cards
Companion Card holders are entitled to a complimentary companion ticket to all performances. The cardholder must provide their Companion Card details when making bookings and present the valid ID card to receive their ticket/s from the Box Office. To access this program, please contact the box office on (07) 4961 9777 or visit us in person.

Purchase Tickets

9 September, 2023
07:30 pm
MECC Auditorium
Early Bird Prices – ends 28/07/2023
$37 Adult
$33 Friend/MECC Member
$33 Concession | $33 Pensioner
$17 Students (Highschool/Tertiary)
$17 Child U12 | $33 Group 6+

Standard Prices
$42 Adult
$38 Friend/MECC Member
$38 Concession | $38 Pensioner
$22 Students (Highschool/Tertiary)
$22 Child U12 | $38 Group 6+

$2.80 Phone Administration Fee

Tickets will be issued in a digital, PDF format and will be sent by email to the ticket purchaser, not to each individual.