Book with confidence: Purchase Assurance

Read more

Chloe, the Orchestra Dog

13 Nov 2019
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Community
by Ashleigh McManus
Chloe, the Orchestra Dog

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Librarian, Bruce Stewart, is excited to reveal the world premiere of ‘Chloe the Orchestra Dog’ on Monday November 18, Grainger Studio, at a Friends of the ASO (FASO) Concert.

Chloe was rescued by Bruce 18 months ago, and now the pair adore each other!

Tickets for the concert are $30 for non-FASO members, and can be purchased by ringing 8233 6211.

What inspired you to write ‘Chloe the Orchestra Dog’?

The idea came to me when Chloe visited a rehearsal for “Who Needs a Conductor Anyway?” with Simon Tedeschi. Simon loved her and said “She’s got to be in our show!”

Describe the composition?

The work is designed as an “education” piece – to introduce people to instruments of the orchestra in the tradition of “Peter and the Wolf” and Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”.

Describe Chloe’s personality?

Chloe is a very sweet and placid girl but she does have a stubborn streak. That is probably from the Jack Russell in her!

Bruce and Chloe at the dog park

Describe the bond between yourself and Chloe?

While Chloe is a rescue dog I feel that she has also rescued me! Her presence in my life is very calming. Dogs are now being recognized by science as being very beneficial for mental health.

How did you realise that Chloe was a lover of orchestral music?

I think the fact that she happily sat still for a 45 minute rehearsal of Richard Strauss’ “Sinfonia Domestica” qualifies her as a lover of orchestral music. She also recognizes when I whistle the opening of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

When Chloe is not listening to orchestral music what does she enjoy doing?

Chloe loves going to the dog park, riding in her box on the back of my pushbike and her morning walks. She also loves bringing sticks into the house and chomping them into thousands of pieces!

Chloe assisting Bruce, ASO double bass player David Phillips, and ASO viola player Martin Butler at The Duke of Brunswick Hotel

Bruce you are the ASO’s Librarian, how long have you been with the orchestra and describe what your job entails on a daily basis?

This month I am up for 20 years long service! However, as a player of the oboe I have had an association with the orchestra since 1982. As Librarian a lot of my time is devoted to creating parts for practice and bowing string parts.

Chloe is a rescue dog – how did the two of your meet?

I found Chloe on a website called “Pet Rescue”. I remember it as a Wednesday night. I was fortunate enough to be the successful applicant from hundreds of others and on the Saturday I was able to collect her from her foster family. That Saturday was the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and we watched the royal wedding together!

The Friends of the ASO are a dedicated committee of volunteers has presented an annual program of special events and social activities. They work tirelessly to raise money for the ASO and support our activities. Read more about the Friends of the ASO here.

More events to be announced

This form is currently undergoing maintenance. Please try again later.

Shopping Cart

Seats reserved for

Your ASO Subscription

    Choose your reserve preference

    This reserve selection will be used for all concerts where available

    • Adelaide Entertainment Centre: Floor Sections, Front of Tiered Arena Seating Sections 5-9.
    • Adelaide Town Hall: Dress Circle
    • Festival Theatre: Stalls and Dress Circle
    • Elder Hall: Stalls and Gallery

    *Please note some Elder Hall and Grainger Studio events are single reserve only.

    • Adelaide Entertainment Centre: Rear of Floor Sections, Tiered Arena Seating
    • Adelaide Town Hall: Stalls and Central Unrestricted View Gallery
    • Festival Theatre: Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle
    • Elder Hall: Stalls and Gallery

    *Please note some Elder Hall and Grainger Studio events are single reserve only.

    • Adelaide Entertainment Centre: Side View Floor Sections, Tiered Arena Seating
    • Adelaide Town Hall: Stalls, Alcoves and Gallery (some Gallery seats partially restricted view)
    • Festival Theatre: Rear Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle

    *Please note some Elder Hall and Grainger Studio events are single reserve only.

    • Adelaide Entertainment Centre: Tiered Arena Seating
    • Adelaide Town Hall: Stalls, Alcoves and Gallery (most C Reserve seats are partially or fully restricted view)
    • Festival Theatre: Dress Circle and Grand Circle

    *Please note some Elder Hall and Grainger Studio events are single reserve only.

    Select your tickets

    How many subscribers?

    Additional tickets

    Do you want additional tickets to any of your subscription concerts? Additional tickets will be in the same seating reserve, and are guaranteed to be seated with your subscription tickets.

      Your Learning Booking/Application

        Select Year Levels

        Select DfE Category (if applicable)

        Are you from a Government School?

        Please specify your school’s category on the DfE Index of Educational Disadvantage.

        Select Your Tickets

          An invoice for your booking/application will be created and sent to you via email. No payment will be required on checkout.

          Professional Development Session

          This performance has an associated professional development session. It is extremely important to the delivery of the project that at least one teacher from your school attends this session.

          Booking/Application Details

          Your booking/application has been submitted

          Please check your email for your booking/application confirmation. If you have not received an email confirmation within 5 minutes, please contact the ASO by email learning@aso.com.au or by phone 08 8233 6246

          Something went wrong

          There was a problem confirming your booking/application. Please contact Rachel Hicks, Learning and Community Projects Coordinator at learning@aso.com.au or phone 08 8233 6256 for assistance.

          Finish building your subscription to proceed to checkout.

          Search Results

          Filter Results

          No results found.