"As Cherubino Hannah Fraser showed an earthy vocal quality in her two arias especially in “Voi Che Sapete,” where voice relished in the long lines Mozart gives this character. She played the character with a timidity and it almost seemed as her Cherubino was always uncomfortable. Of course, there was a flirtatious nature as Fraser’s constantly gave winks toward the Countess and Susanna"
CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL -THE SATURDAY PAPER PRESENTS
A number of years in the making, the work is distilled from the answers of over two hundred women to a confidential survey about their private thoughts. Compiled by Abbott with writer and cartoonist Kaz Cooke ‘Do I Matter?’ also incorporates the audience’s private thoughts - in real time…
Due to COVID-19 this event will be run twice:
Sunday May 2, 6:30pm, Fitters’ Workshop
Sunday May 2, 8:30pm, Fitters’ Workshop
We hope to release more seats dependent on an easing of capacity restrictions. Please continue to check back often.
Katy Abbott, Hidden Thoughts I: Do I Matter?
Susannah Lawergren, soprano
Anna Fraser, soprano
Hannah Fraser, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Goodwin, tenor
Mark Donnelly, baritone
Andrew O’Connor, bass/baritone
SONG COMPANY - BURDON OF TRUTH
21 May, 7:30PM, 120 Collins St, Melbourne
22. May, 3PM, Trinity College, Melbourne
28 May, 7PM, Cell Block Theatre, Sydney
29 May, 3PM Cell Block Theatre, Sydney
Transience and homelessness in the première of a new 32-part setting of the Gavin Bryers classic and a remake of a truly legendary canon from the English renaissance.
The world première performances of a new choral arrangement of Gavin Bryars’s epochal minimalist work inspired by and based on the recording of a homeless human, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, presented alongside an extended modern version of the extraordinary 13-part canon, Jesus autem transiens, from the early Renaissance Eton Choirbook. The Song Company undertakes this moving program in collaboration with commissioner Jonathan Grieves-Smith, accomplished vocal ensembles from across the country, and The SongCo Chorale.
Friday August 27, 2021, 7:30 PM, The Cell Block Theatre, National Arts School
Saturday August 28, 2021, 7:30PM , The Cell Block Theatre, National Arts School
Sunday August 29, 2021, 2PM, Parish of the Holy Name Church, Wahroonga
SONG COMPANY - NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN
Nineteen to the Dozen – A tapestry of nineteen compact commissions from Australian composers playlisted against fragmented miniatures from each of the last 12 centuries. In a bold attempt to paint the state of the current Australian compositional landscape, each of nineteen (twenty) composers has filled a segment of time with sounds that draw on the rich heritage of The Song Company’s first 35 years and look forward to the countless possibilities of the human voice – using the 163 symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet and beyond. These nineteen commissions are set against fragments of art music from the last thousand years, and together form a dialogue about the nature of vocal music and the deepest form of musical expression.
Bleach Festival Coolangatta, 15 August, 2021
BACH AKADEMIE - MAGNIFICAT
Focusing on this pivotal time of year, Bach’s Magnificat reflects the universal themes of our human existence that we all feel as the year comes to a close. None so far have bettered Bach’s inspired setting of the Latin text reminding us of the Christmas message. We can find greatness in the lowliest of us, mercy for all generations, as well as generosity and justice for the poor and less fortunate. The joy of the Christmas celebration when families and friends come together, combined with the hope, expectation and renewal of the coming new year are truly encapsulated in this remarkable work. To provide a joyous start to this Christmas season, we begin with Bach’s Cantata ‘O ewiges Feuer’ BWV 34, and then launch into his Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major. We then crown the year and ring in the Christmas season with his Magnificat.
J.S. Bach Cantata ‘O ewiges Feuer’ BWV 34
J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068
J.S. Bach Magnificat BWV 243
Friday November 12, 2021, 7:30 PM, St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington
Sunday November 14, 2021, 2PM, Parish of the Holy Name Church, Wahroonga
NEW VOICES | A weekend workshop for singers & composers
Over the weekend of 16 –18 April, our Artistic & Music Director Brett Weymark, conductor Elizabeth Scott and pre-eminent composer, pianist and mentor Elena Kats-Chernin will be in Orange for our very first regional composer workshop. Hosted by the Orange Conservatorium, the workshop seeks to involve local composers and singers.
Easter offers us an opportunity to both reflect and celebrate at this special time of year. In our first concert of 2021, we present a program of both reflection and celebration, starting with Bach’s early easter cantata ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ BWV 4. For those who love the jubilant instrumental works of Bach, we present his lesser known reconstructed Triple Violin Concerto, a treat for lovers of the violin. The choir of Bach Akademie Australia will then shine in the vigorous energetic motet ‘Singet dem Herrn’ featuring a double choir. To crown our Easter celebration, we will perform Bach’s brilliant ‘Missa Brevis’ in A major, written in the last decade of his life. Containing only the Kyrie and Gloria, it is none the less a substantial work of genius meriting him with the title of one of the greatest composers who ever lived.
J.S. Bach Cantata ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ BWV 4
J.S. Bach Triple Violin Concerto BWV 1064R
J.S. Bach Motet ‘Singet dem Herrn’ BWV 225
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J.S. Bach Missa Brevis in A BWV 234
FRIDAY MARCH 26 - 7:30PM - St Francis of Assisi Church, 457 Oxford Street, Paddington
SATURDAY MARCH 27 - 2:00PM - Parish of the Holy Name Church, 35 Billyard Avenue, Wahroonga
OPERA IN THE SQUARE
Listen to live opera from leading young singers from the ShoutMachine emerging artists platform while you enjoy the hospitality of the restaurants and cafes around Darling Square in Sydney.
Supported by Lendlease and sponsored by the City of Sydney.
35 Tumbalong Bvd
Haymarket NSW 2000
Friday 19 February, 2021 from 7PM
VOCAL DETOUR - FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH
Taking place against the backdrop of The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, featuring one of the largest and most spectacular vertical floral walls in the southern hemisphere, this Sessions event combines music, science and wine! Experience a varied program of works with a capella group Vocal Detour. This program celebrates nature with a range of music from the Baroque period to new Australian compositions, while surrounded by the Calyx’s latest exhibition ‘inBLOOM’.
Beginning at 6:30pm, Paul Nicholson, historian and horticulturalist, will take you on a brief journey through the evolution of flowering plants. Discover the stories behind some of the most beautiful, weird and amazing flower adaptations on display in the Calyx exhibition ‘inBLOOM’ and in the wider world of plants
Enjoy a glass of wine on arrival as we invite you into the inspiring Calyx for an intimate musical and botanical experience.
Presented in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Funded by the NSW Government, with additional support from Inspiring Australia.
Tuesday, 16 February 2021, The Calyx, Sydney, 6:30pm
Anna Fraser Soprano
Hannah Fraser Mezzo-Soprano
Andrei Laptev Tenor
Mark Donnelly Baritone
Andrew O'Connor Bass-Baritone
LUMINESCENCE MEETS CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Celebrate the festive season with Luminescence Chamber Singers and the Canberra International Music Festival. Over three days this mini Festival will showcase Canberra’s most luminous voices in a classic selection of Christmas music together with two of Sydney’s most remarkable new acts.
Let’s say goodbye to 2020 with music and a shared spirit of joy, beauty and merriment
A LUMINOUS CHRISTMAS: CHRISTMAS CLASSICS
Friday 11 December, 6pm - 7pm, Wesley Uniting Church
Friday 11 December, 8pm - 9pm, Wesley Uniting Church
Sunday 13 December, 7pm, Wesley Uniting Church
A LUMINOUS CHRISTMAS: A BOY IS BORN
Saturday 12 December, 6pm - 7pm, Wesley Uniting Church
Saturday 12 December, 8pm - 9pm, Wesley Uniting Church
Puer natus est. A boy is born. The ancient chant for the midnight mass that expanded into glorious polyphony immortalised through motets by Byrd, Palestrina and Victoria.
CEREMONY OF CAROLS
Sunday 13 December, 3pm - 3.45pm, Wesley Uniting Church
Sunday 13 December, 4.30pm - 5.15pm, Wesley Uniting Church
Britten’s ceremony of innocence features the pristine voices of the Luminescence Children with award winning harpist Alice Giles.
THE SONG COMPANY - MESSIAH PART 1
Handel's Messiah has been the stuff of legends since its premier in Dublin in 1742. "Words are wanting to express the exquisite Delight it afforded to the admiring crouded Audience. The Sublime, the Grand and the Tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestick and moving Words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished Heart and Ear." The soloists of The Song Company perform Part I of Handel's most beloved work for Christmas in this special presentation designed for these times. Twelve of the finest singers in Australia bring this "living room" Messiah to your living rooms - to reveal surprising intimacy in this much loved oratorio.
7PM - 8:30PM - Friday December 9, 2020
WEIHNACHTSFREUDE - BACH AKADEMIE
Christ Church St Laurence
812 George Street, Sydney
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 6:15 PM, 2020
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 8:15PM, 2020
Join us for a program of Christmas Joy in the beautiful surrounds of Christ Church St Laurence to celebrate the coming Christmas season which will be all the more meaningful for us all after the events of 2020. The music of J.S. Bach once again provides endless inspiration and hope. We are so thrilled to finally be able to perform in public once again, especially with our wonderful vocalists who will feature in Bach's motet 'Lobet den Herrn', and his ebulliant cantata for Christmas, 'Ich freue mich in dir'.
Neal Peres Da Costa will shine in the fiendishly difficult but joyful Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, as will tenor Richard Butler and alto Hannah Fraser in two beautiful arias from Part II of Bach's Christmas Oratorio.
Mozart at Angkor is a symbiosis of two stories, the Cambodian Ramayana (known in Cambodia as the Reamker) and Mozart’s Magic Flute, featuring Cambodia’s finest performance artists, a pinpeat ensemble, a Mozart orchestra, Australia’s premiere youth choir Gondwana Chorale and extraordinary soloists from all over the world. The flute’s magic has the power to turn sorrow to joy. It accompanies the journey of darkness to light, self-discovery and enlightenment. It celebrates the national pride of Cambodia and the revival and regeneration of the performing arts.
Premiere 18 November 2020 for an exclusive VIP audience
three public performances at the 12th century Chau Say Tevoda Temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Papageno: Giorgio Caoduro
Pamina: Simone Eisinger
Queen of the Night: Livia Rado
Third Lady: Hannah Fraser
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Aaron Carpene
Experience the power and sensitivity of these artists, as Italian pianist, director and composer; Alessio Nelli joins
mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser to perform an intimate recital of not only opera, but a splash of other things too!
This dynamic musical collaboration began in Puglia, Italy, after Hannah Fraser and Alessio Nelli first shared the stage in Festival della Valle d’Itria’s highly acclaimed productions of ‘The Barber of Seville’
Witness, as these breathtaking journeys unite under one spotlight
The story of Christmas with its imagery of angels, shepherds, children, peace on earth and goodwill to mankind has inspired many a great composer throughout the centuries, however none more so than J.S Bach. This theme gave his genius free rein to compose music which continues to comfort, inspire and exult all who hear it.
Bach Akademie Australia presents his tender Cantata BWV 151 'Süsser Trost' (Sweet Comfort), followed by Part 2 of his famous Christmas Oratorio featuring his sublime pastoral Sinfonia. Also in the program is the virtuosic Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor with baroque flautist Mikaela Oberg. Finally, crowning our celebration of the season is Cantata BWV 191 ‘Gloria’, his only cantata set in Latin, later used by Bach so brilliantly in his B minor Mass.
BWV 151 Süsser Trost
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor BWV 1067
BWV 248 part I/2
BWV 191: Gloria
VOCI STUPENDE CHRISTMAS CONCERTS, 23 & 24 NOVEMBER 2019
Bach never wrote an opera but realised the perfect music drama with his superlative Passion according to John. First performed in 1724, the work propels the drama through a vivid narration of the Evangelist and inspired musical dialogue between the main characters offset by reflective chorales and memorable arias. Led by Andrew Goodwin as Evangelist and Jeremy Kleeman as Jesus, this superb ensemble of singers and musicians are directed by Korneel Bernolet.
A cry from the soul. Bach’s matchless music drama from 1724.
J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Passio secundum Joannem BWV 245
In 1705, twenty-year old Bach walked almost 400km to hear the ageing Buxtehude play the organ. A year later, when the post became vacant, the condition of marrying the master’s daughter did not appeal. Bach moved to Mülhausen instead. He never travelled to Italy, but Italian music did land on his desk, inspiring numerous concerti and organ transcriptions. This concert features the music that Bach himself was drawn to, above all Pergolesi’s timeless Stabat Mater.
Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741), Violin Concerto RV 208 ‘Grosso Mogul’
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), ‘Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin’
Operatic favourites by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Offenbach, Delibes, Mozart and more...
Each musician has an independently remarkable journey...Opera with it’s thrilling highs, exotic beauty and ingrained traditions, demands above all, courage and commitment
Experience the power and sensitivity of these artists, as Italian pianist, director and composer; Alessio Nelli joins soprano Michelle Ryan & mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser to perform an intimate recital of operatic favourites
These two young opera singers moved to Sydney from rural NSW to study at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
After performing together on many memorable occasions through appearances with reputable groups; Song Company; Voci Stupende, Cantillation & Pinchgut Opera, they went on to conquer Europe, debuting in operas throughout Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Italy.
Yet another dynamic musical collaboration began, after Hannah Fraser and Alessio Nelli (pianist and assistant director of the ‘Orchestra della Notte della Taranta), first shared the stage in Festival della Valle d’Itria’s highly acclaimed productions of Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’
Witness, as these breathtaking journeys come together under one spotlight, enriched with experiences gained from European and American industry professionals Sherrill Milnes, Richard Bonynge AC, CBE, Sesto Quatrini, Fabio Luisi and more...
Sat December 15 | St Peters Cathedral Parish Centre, Armidale | 7:30pm
Sun December 16 | Presbyterian Church, Walcha | 2:00pm
Wed December 19 | Maclean Anglican Church, Maclean| 6:30pm
FAURE REQUIEM - SONG COMPANY. 2018
A 75TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT FOR ROSS EDWARDS WITH AN INTIMATE CHAMBER PERFORMANCE OF FAURÉ’S PERENNIAL REQUIEM
Sat 1 Dec | Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music | 3pm
Gabriel Fauré claimed that his “Requiem wasn’t written for anything – for pleasure, if I may call it that!”
This version for vocal and instrumental consort brings new clarity to Fauré’s vivid harmonies and is surrounded by the elemental soundworld of Ross Edwards, one of Australia’s most distinguished composers.
ONE EQUAL MUSIC - SONG COMPANY CONCERT SERIES, 2018
ONE HUNDRED YEARS SINCE THE ENDING OF THE GREAT WAR WE SING OF A PEACE AT ONCE UNATTAINABLE AND EVERLASTING, CULMINATING IN A RADIANT NEW WORK BY ROSS EDWARDS.
Tues 30 Oct | Yellow House Sydney | 7.30pm
Thur 1 Nov | Newcastle Conservatorium | 7pm
Sat 3 Nov | Blackheath Uniting Church | 3pm
Thur 8 Nov | Berry School of Arts | 2pm
Fri 9 Nov | Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra | 7.30pm
Sat 10 Nov | Wollongong Art Gallery | 3pm
Fri 16 Nov | Deakin Edge Federation Square, Melbourne | 7.30pm
Thur 22 Nov | St James’ King Street, Sydney | 7.30pm
The poetry of 17th-century metaphysician John Donne and the late playwright Douglas Muecke form the twin doors to a world of remembrance and resurgence in a program framed by newly-commissioned music by three Australian composers: Ruth McCall, Ella Macens, and in his 75th year, Ross Edwards. One century ago in Compiègne the world witnessed the end of the “war to end all wars”, hoping that humankind would not undergo again such an overwhelming catastrophe. Composers have long tried to imagine a world without war and suffering, and in luminous harmonies touch on that state beyond conflict and without end – Donne’s own vision of eternal life centres on perfection and freedom from the earthly imbalance and disorder so familiar to us in the here and now – “no noise, nor silence, but one equal music”.
Settings of Douglas Muecke by Ruth McCall and Ella Macens (WP)
Ross Edwards new work (WP)
Settings of George Herbert and John Donne
Viktor Kalinnikov Nïñe Otpushcháyeshï
MOORAMBILLA VOICES GALA CONCERTS
Friday 28 September 2018, 7pm
Saturday 29 September 2018, 2pm
Saturday 29 September 2018, 7pm
Experience the amazing choirs of Moorambilla Voices as they celebrate 13 splendid years in the iconic MOORAMBILLA GALA CONCERT, to be held in Dubbo over two days on Friday 28th & Saturday the 29th September. This 80-minute concert will leave you mesmerised and uplifted. Feel firsthand the power of the Japanese Taiko drums, listen to the beauty of the angelic voices of the Moorambilla Regional Girls and Boys Choir and the MAXed OUT Company as they join with International Taiko percussionist – Anton Lock, sound artist Roger Lock, a Chamber Orchestra, professional vocalists Hannah Fraser & Richard Black, Visual Artist Genevieve Huard and choreographer Jacob Williams all lead by Founder and Artistic Director Michelle Leonard OAM as they celebrate the beauty and capacity of the region.
These concerts bring to life in magnificent choral music, dynamic dance and powerful percussion the stories and landscape of Byrock Water Holes and Brewarrina Fish Traps, written by leading and emerging Australian composers Chance, Barker, Howes, Walker and Gibson.
Led by Artistic Director and Founder Michelle Leonard OAM, this year’s concert also features digital visual and sound artists from the region and beyond giving this year’s performance a truly contemporary edge. Magnificent fire sculptures and lanterns under the night sky after the 7pm concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings end an evening not to be missed.
Be prepared to be amazed by the passion and creativity of this region’s children and youth. This is Moorambilla Voices 2018!
VOCI STUPENDE BURRAWANG
September 15, 7PM, 2018
Burrawang School of Arts
35 Hoddle Street, Burrawang, NSW 2577
Meeting with resounding success and acclaim in recitals over numerous regional centres, Voci Stupende is an opera troupe with a difference. Made up of young, dynamic performers graduated from around Australia they will take you on a superbly crafted musical journey. Voci Stupende continues to assimilate fledgling operatic talent and since 2013 has taken on more than 35 young singers and accompanists.
The program will be an operatic feast!
Soprano, Katherine Allen
Soprano, Georgia Melville
Mezzo Soprano, Hannah Fraser
Mezzo Soprano, Rebecca Hart
Tenor, Ryan O'Donnell
Baritone, Henry Wright
Accompanist, Benjamin Burton
FIGARO SU, FIGARO GIÙ...! - ROSSINI
Rossini and the Barber: Everything a different story!
21 and 23 July 2018, 9:00 PM Martina Franca - Atrio dell’Ateneo Bruni
3 August 2018, 9:00 PM Otranto - Fossato del Castello, Porta a Mare
Libera rivisitazione da Gioachino Rossini
Progetto drammaturgico di Francesco Micheli
In collaborazione con Gianmaria Aliverta
Adattamento musicale di Daniele Durante
Il Conte d’Acquaviva David Ferri Durà
Don Bartolo Marco Filippo Romano
Rosina Maria Aleida
Figaro Daniele Terenzi
Don Basilio Peter Kellner
Berta Hannah Fraser*
Ambrogio, detto “lo svegliato” Davide Gasparro
With the participation of the extraordinary Elio
Direttore Giuseppe Grazioli
Regia Gianmaria Aliverta
Aiuto regia Davide Gasparro
Progetto scenografico Benito Leonori
Costumi Sara Marcucci e Francesco Bondì
Luci Luciano Novelli
Realizzazione luci Carlo Piatti
Orchestra Popolare e Ensemble “La Notte della Taranta”
Maestro collaboratore Liubov Gromoglasova
Maestro alle luci Alessandro Seggioli
Maestri di palcoscenico Annarita Semeraro, Angela Zaccaria
Assistente del direttore d’orchestra e maestro alla tastiera Alessio Nelli
Scenografia Fondazione Carnevale di Putignano
Attrezzeria Laboratorio Festival della Valle d’Itria
Costumi The One S.r.l, We We Wardrobe
In coproduzione con la Fondazione La Notte della Taranta e in collaborazione con la Fondazione Carnevale di Putignano
*Allieva dell’Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti”
Libera rivisitazione da Gioachino Rossini
Progetto drammaturgico di Francesco Micheli
Adattamento musicale di Daniele Durante
Il Conte d’Almaviva, David Ferri Durà
Don Bartolo, Marco Filippo Romano
Rosina, Maria Aleida
Figaro, Davide Terenzi
Don Basilio, Peter Kellner
Berta, Hannah Fraser
IGOR STRAVINSKY & ROSSINI CONCERT
Chiostro di San Domenico, 1 August, 2018
For voice and piano
Three Songs from William Shakespeare
for mezzosoprano, viola, flute and clarinet
Viola Maurizio Lomartire
Clarinet Giovanni Marinotti
Flute Alessandro Muolo
Soprano, Kim-Lillian Strebel
Soprano, Yukie Ishioka
Mezzo Soprano, Hannah Fraser
Tenor, Antonio Mandrillo
Baritone, Patrizio La Placa
Pianists, Anastasia and Liubov Gromoglasova
In collaboration with l’Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti”
Soprano, Magdalena Hinz
Mezzosoprano, Erica Cortese
Mezzosoprano, Hannah Fraser
Mezzosoprano, Aiko Miyamoto
Mezzosoprano, Suzana Nadejde
Mezzosoprano, Ana Victoria Pitts
Baritone, Patrizio La Placa
Baritone, Giuseppe Tafuro
Baritone, Hao Wang
Bass, Dielli Hoxha
Al pianoforte i Maestri Liuba Gromoglasova e Giorgio D'Alonzo.
In the program arias have been chosen from operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, Claudio Monteverdi, Luigi Cherubini, Gioachino Rossini e Giuseppe Verdi.
DARKNESS INTO LIGHT
Parish of Our Lady of the Way
St Mary’s Church North Sydney
Wednesday 21 March, 2018
‘DARKNESS INTO LIGHT’
A Service of Reflection, Music & Light
GLORY AND POWER: HANDEL’S MESSIAH
The Choir of St James’ and BachBand@St James’ return to City Recital Hall to perform one of the greatest choral pieces in western classical music repertoire, Handel’s Messiah. First performed in Dublin at Eastertide in 1742, the oratorio’s librettist Charles Jennens draws on biblical texts to trace Christ’s journey from prophecy and birth, to death and resurrection. Soloists include Amy Moore, Sally-Anne Russell and Richard Butler.
Thursday 22 March, 2018
City Recital Hall
The Choir of St James’ and BachBand@StJames’
ST JAMES ORCHESTRAL MASS: HEILIGMESSE, Haydn
Joseph Haydn wrote the Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida in 1796 to commemorate Bernard of Offida, a Capuchin monk who had devoted himself to helping the poor. It is known as ‘Heiligmesse’ because of the use of a popular Austrian tune ‘Heliig’ in the Sanctus.
Sunday 28 January 2018 at 10am
at St James' Church, King Street, Sydney
ST JAMES ORCHESTRAL MASS - Pēteris Vasks
ORCHESTRAL MASS NO. 2: PETERIS VASKS ‘MISSA’
Sunday 21 January 2018 at 10am
at St James' Church, King Street, Sydney
Pēteris Vasks (b. 1946) is a Latvian composer, the son of a Baptist pastor. He initially trained as a violinist and double-bass player, and played in several Latvian orchestras before entering the State Conservatory in Vilnius in neighbouring Lithuania. He become known outside Latvia in the 1990s and is now one of the most influential and praised European contemporary composers.
Vasks has forged an original musical style, which commentators have described as spiritual, powerfully evocative, and richly expressive. He wrote: “Most people today no longer possess beliefs, love and ideals. The spiritual dimension has been lost. My intention is to provide food for the soul and this is what I preach in my works”.
MISSA ARTHURUS PATRIS - ANDREW HOWES
Missa Arthurus Patris
Premiered December 12th, 2018 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.
Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis, for the Song Company.
THE PAGEANT OF THE SHEARMEN AND TAILORS ...IT’S BEGINNING TO SOUND A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS.
The final program in the Song Company season The Attraction of Opposites is set within the narrative framework of mediaeval English verse, with seasonal music old and new that touches both on the joy of a young mother giving birth to the King of the Ages, and on the hard-hitting realities of exile, refugee status, and the ‘slaughter of the innocents’. The ‘Coventry Carol’ Lully, lulla is one of three songs (transcribed, arranged, or composed by Thomas Mawdycke in 1591) from the Shearmen and Tailors’ Pageant and is justly famous for its chillingly evocative tale of Herod’s rage. Woven into The Song Company’s telling of the story are new Australian and English carols, as well as a Gloria in excelsis from the first part of the 15th century with upbeat syncopations and happy harmonies that could have been written yesterday.
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - MOZART - PRAGUE SUMMER NIGHTS FESTIVAL
Prague - St. Simon & Jude Church
Monday July 3rd, 2017– 7:00pm
Tuesday July 4th, 2017 – 7:00pm
Music Director: John Nardolillo
Stage Director: Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves
Salzburg - Stiftung Mozarteum Große Saal
Sunday July 9th – 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Music Director: John Nardolillo
Stage Director: Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves
OPERA SCENES BY SINGERS FROM THE PRAGUE SUMMER NIGHTS FESTIVAL
Conductors: Michelle Di Russo, John Paul Jennings, Jotaro Nakano
Stage Directors: Darya Zholnerova and Joachim Schamberger
Rafael Gordillo, Marcello Cormio, Scott Rednour & Justina Lee, piano
ART SONG RECITAL TABOR
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Divadlo Oskara Nedbala -Tábor
Singers of the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival
Marcello Cormio, Scott Rednour, Rafael Gordillo & Justina Lee, piano
HANNAH FRASER & FRIENDS FAREWELL GALA
OPERATIC FUNDRAISER CONCERT
FRIDAY MARCH 31, 2017, 8PM
Hannah is flying to Europe in April to further her operatic studies in Italy, Prague, Salzburg & Tabor. To celebrate please join us for a beautiful evening of operatic repertoire! Hear solos, duets & trios from some of our favourite composers; Mozart, Bellini, Puccini, Delibes, Schubert and many more.
Katherine Allen (soprano)
Hannah Fraser (mezzo)
Damian Arnold (tenor)
Kaine Hayward (tenor)
Jared Lillehagen (baritone)
Benjamin Burton (accompanist)
Sydney Unitarian Church
15 Francis St, Darlinghurst
OPERA BY THE LAKE 2017
Saturday March 4, 2017
The Rotary Club of Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Creative Network will come together to bring you an afternoon full of culture by the beautiful Wallis Lake - an Opera Gala to remember with arias and ensembles from the world's most adored operas. For 2017 Voci Stupende and other talented String Musicians will provide the pre show entertainment in the beautiful setting of Tuncurry's John Wright Park. This operatic celebration is presented on the open air stage in the park & fully seated - this will be one not to miss, with wine & food also on offer. Join us in the glamour and gorgeousness of Opera in the great outdoors!
Sopranos: Rebecca Moret, Katherine Allen & Michelle Ryan
Handel's second last oratorio and favourite work, Theodora has come to be recognised in the last twenty years as Handel's masterpiece. A succession of the most beautiful arias and choruses, Theodora is a profoundly moving experience and a tale from ancient Rome that speaks to our hearts, here and now. Innocence, love, faith and courage bloom strong and full of promise, only to be struck down by blind hatred and the thirst for power.
Theodora by George Frederic Handel
libretto by Thomas Morrell
Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 7pm
Thursday, 1 December 2016, 7pm
Saturday 3, December 2016, 7pm
Sunday 4, December 2016, 5pm
Tuesday 6, December 2016, 7pm
Glories stream from heaven afar – a sumptuous programme of carols with Georgian, Greek, and other connections. The traditional Christmas story is not just about one transfigured night in Bethlehem, but stretches from the Annunciation some nine months earlier, to the visit of the wise men and Herod’s subsequent attempt to wipe out the rival boy-King – by then possibly a year or two old.
Arvo Pärt and John Tavener’s music is well-known for its iconic beauty; that of Ivan Moody and Artistic Director Antony Pitts also draws on the resonant solemnity of the Orthodox liturgy, while the more earthly and rousing carols bring the celebrations home.
Hark the Herald Angels sing!
Ivan Moody: The Manger:
A Carol for Christmas
O Holy of Holies
plus a seasonal selection from The Naxos Book of Carols
Blackheath, Saturday 12th November, 3.00pm Blackheath Uniting Church
Sydney, Thursday 3rd November 7.30pm St James' Church
Canberra, Friday 4th November, 6.00pm Wesley Music Centre Canberra
Wollongong, Sunday 6th November, 3.00pm Wollongong ART Gallery
Newcastle, Thursday 10th November, 7.00pm Christ Church Cathedral
Sydney, Sunday 13th November, 3.00pm Independent Theatre North Sydney
CALLAN PARK, BY ANDREW HOWES
12pm and 4pm on 23rd October
Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, alongside one of Australia's premiere vocal ensembles Song Company, will perform a thought-provoking and emotive work by young Australian composer Andrew Howes that was commissioned by the chorus back at the beginning of 2016.
The work celebrates one of our local landmarks, Callan Park. Andrew writes:
“I have been privileged, this year, to write a piece about Callan Park. I grew up on a street that ends with the park, and spent much of my youth cycling or walking beneath the willows, cypress and pines. And the stories of its history gave the place a strange, somber air – something that I have strived to capture in this piece.
There are two central themes in this work: despair and optimism.
Despair comes from lives lost, lives lived and lives forgotten, within Callan Park. Of the stories on which I’ve focused, all deal with despair in different ways – Louisa Lawson, who lost a child, and later her mind, and George McQuay, who lost all memories to shell shock. But the central, imperative balance to despair, optimism, shines through as well, if only in a peace to find at the end of all stories.”
Green Mosaic: Kezia Yap
From Hell to Heaven: Andrew Howes
Artistic Director Michelle Leonard will host a conversation at the start of the concert with the composer and leading authorities on Callan Park’s history to set the scene for this remarkable new work.
Leichhardt Town Hall
107 Norton St, Leichhardt NSW 2040
CANOWINDRA BAROQUE FESTIVAL
October 2016 will see the 2nd Canowindra Baroquefest, 3 days of beautiful baroque music performed in interesting, varied and historic settings.
Voci Stupende will deliver a captivating musical journey as the singers present solos, duets, trios and ensemble pieces from some of the best loved operatic repertoire from the baroque and classical periods.
WENTWORTH FALLS VOCI STUPENDE
Meeting with resounding success and acclaim in recitals over numerous regional centres, Voci Stupende is an opera troupe with a difference. Made up of young, dynamic performers graduated from around Australia they will take you on a superbly crafted musical journey.
Voci Stupende continues to assimilate fledgling operatic talent and since 2013 has taken on more than 30 young singers and accompanists.
The program will be an operatic feast featuring well known pieces such as the lovely Flower Duet from Delibes’ opera, Lakmé , the famous Doll Song from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman , exciting ensembles from Verdi’s popular La Traviata and Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. No less seductive are melodies from Mozart ,Puccini and Rossini and lesser known gems from Monteverdi, Gounod and Donizetti.
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
STRANGE FRUIT, SONG COMPANY
In 1939 Billie Holiday first sang the song Strange Fruit (actually written by a white Jewish teacher, Abel Meeropol) and brought to raw prominence the inequity of much of America's history. She was afraid to sing it, even in the integrated, welcoming environment of Café Society in New York’s Greenwich Village, and when she finished, there “wasn’t even a patter of applause....
Then a lone person began to clap nervously. Then suddenly everybody was clapping.” In this programme of blues, jazz, gospel, and more, The Song Company sing of the pain of alienation, and reach beyond the heartbreaking imagery of Strange Fruit to touch a place of reconciliation and healing.
Blackheath, Saturday 8th October, 3.00pm Blackheath Uniting Church
Sydney, Sunday 9th October, 3.00pm Independent Theatre North Sydney
Berry, Wednesday 12th October, 7.00pm Berry Uniting Church
Canberra, Thursday 13th October, 6.00pm Wesley Uniting Church
MOORAMBILLA VOICES - GALA CONCERT
Join the incredible choirs of Moorambilla Voices as they celebrate 11 magnificent years of this remarkable program.
See firsthand the power of the Japanese taiko drums with Taikoz and the beauty of the foremost vocal ensemble in Australia The Song Company. Witness musicians of the highest calibre in the Australian World Orchestra as chamber ensemble in residence, as they join the angelic voices of the Moorambilla Regional Girls and Boys Choir and the MAXed OUT Company on stage. A 70 minute concert that will leave you spellbound.
These two concerts will showcase a song cycle by Elana Kats Chernin about the Brewarrina fish traps and a large multi-discipline work on the stories and landscape of Mt Grenfell, created by our young composers in residence and the candidates themselves.
Lead by Artistic Director and founder Michelle Leonard, this year’s concert will also feature digital visual artists from the region and some extraordinary movement and dance.
Join us in Victoria Park for magnificent fire sculptures and lanterns after the 7.00pm concert.
Be prepared to be amazed at the capacity and skill of the region’s children and youth – this is Moorambilla Voices.
The AAQ continues its extraordinary debut season in a collaboration with Australia's leading vocal group The Song Company and one of the more interesting people on the planet - Mr Lyle Chan, composer and speaker.
Marenzio Sweet Kisses (Song Company)
Schubert Quartet Death and the Maiden
Chan Mark & Adrian Are Her Sons
Verdi Quartet in E minor
Purcell Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary (with Song Company)
THE CONCORD OF STRANGERS, SONG COMPANY
In 1616, the same year that Shakespeare died, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog in his ship Eendracht (the Concord) landed off the coast of Shark Bay and became the first European to leave a record of his visit to the Australian Continent. Word of his voyage encouraged further navigation, and ultimately led to a shared history described by Tim Flannery as neither a simple tale of European triumph and possession or just “a kind of abomination – the penetration of a fragile continent”. The Concord of Strangers contrasts Renaissance music from Hartog’s musical DNA in the Low Countries with the sounds of Australia old and new.
A sea of polyphony from the earlier generations of composers from the Low Countries
A soundscape of contemporary and Indigenous Australian work – from The Song Company’s Call for Audio
A selection of chansons, madrigals, and motets by Sweelinck from his Rimes francaises et italiennes (1612) and Cantiones
Melbourne, Friday 26th August, 7pm Melbourne Recital Centre