THE SONG COMPANY: An Orthodox Christmas
Where and When:
Sydney 3 November, 7.30pm
North Sydney 13 November, 3pm
Blackheath 12 November 3pm
Newcastle 10 November, 7pm
Wollongong 6 November, 3pm
Booking and Information: phone 02 8272 9500 or click here
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. Program includes:
Arvo Pärt: Magni cat
Jonathan Pitts: Hark the Herald Angels sing!
Ivan Moody: The Manger: A Carol for Christmas
Antony Pitts: O Holy of Holies
John Sheppard: Reges Tharsis
John Tavener: The Lamb
plus a seasonal selection from The Naxos Book of Carols
Sydney University Graduate Choir, guest choir and orchestra
Music Director Christopher Bowen OAM
Soloists: soprano – Anita Kyle, alto – Tim Chung, tenor – Andrew Goodwin, bass – David Hidden
Where: Sydney Town Hall
When: 13 November, 3pm
Booking and Information: phone 02 9351 7940 or click here
The iconic Sydney Town Hall once against sets the scene for the Sydney University Graduate Choir’s performance of an equally iconic work, Handel’s Messiah. Composed in 1741 and premiered in Dublin just after Easter in 1742, Messiah has become one of the best-known and most frequently performed works in the choral repertoire.
With the words from the King James Bible and Psalms from the Book of Common Prayer, as adapted by librettist Charles Jennens, Messiah counterpoints rich choruses – ‘And the glory of the Lord’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Worthy is the Lamb’ – with glorious arias – ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion’ (soprano), ‘Why do the nations so furiously rage together’ (bass), ‘O death, where is thy sting’ (alto and tenor).
The Sydney University Graduate Choir and Orchestra, under the leadership of music director Christopher Bowen OAM, will be joined by a large guest choir drawn from across the city of Sydney.
MOSMAN CONCERT SERIES’ PLEKTRA
Where: The Blessed Sacrament Church, Mosman
When: Sunday 6 November, 2.30pm
Tickets: At the door only; $25, seniors $20, children free. Includes afternoon tea and lucky door prizes
Information: click here
Mosman Concert Series’ annual presentation of Plektra, one of Sydney’s very finest plucked string ensembles, now enlarged to eight players to include an additional mandolin and a new player, Jacques Emery, on percussion, takes place in The Blessed Sacrament Church, 62 Bradley’s Head Road, at 2.30 on Sunday 6 November. Stephen Lalor, brilliant mandolinist and Plektra’s Director has chosen a fascinating program which includes Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto in C, two of his own suites with evocative titles and movements: Winter Collection – Overture – The Dancing Man of Kew – The Flight of the Magic Hat; World Music Suite – East-West – Atherton Tableland Waltz – Kolo Kolo, and numerous pieces which give Plektra its classic south eastern European flavour. Intriguing, relaxing, exciting and always enjoyable!
2016 AWO CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Where: Various locations in the NSW Southern Highlands
When: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November 2016
Tickets: $60-$150 per concert or $266-$284 for festival pass; includes all 3 concerts and catering
Booking and Information: phone 8283 4527 or click here
Inspired by the iridescent music of this year’s composer-in-residence Paul Stanhope, the 2016 AWO Chamber Music Festival in the Southern Highlands promises to be an unforgettable weekend.
“My Song is Love Unknown”, “The Sweetest Nightingale” and “Into the Sunset” continue our philosophy of presenting beautiful music performed by musicians from the AWO complimented by ne wine, delicious food and the country hospitality that has become an integral part of the AWO’S Chamber Music Festival.
AWO chamber musicians at their best accompanied by a country morning tea
at the Bowral Memorial Hall on Saturday 26th November; a canapé supper at St Jude’s Church hosted by Fine Music 102.5 on Saturday evening; and for the ultimate relaxing Sunday – a rustic lunch at Wombat Hollow on Sunday 27th November.