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Paul Stanhope: A New Requiem : Sydney Chamber Choir
- Date: Saturday, 13 March 2021, 7.30pm
- Venue: City Recital Hall — 2 Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
- Tickets: Adult: $50 - $75 | Concession: $45 - $65 | Student: $30 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8256 2222
Award-winning composer and former Sydney Chamber Choir Music Director Paul Stanhope returns to lead the choir in the world premiere performance of his Requiem, the centrepiece of a program exploring themes of mortality, hope, ritual and commemoration.
The concert program is a conversation between old and new, featuring the sumptuous Spanish Renaissance polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria, with the contemporary Australian voices of Mary Finsterer and Indigenous composer Brenda Gifford. James MacMillan's Miserere is a choral tour de force, taking up dual notions of solemnity and virtuosity. Paul Stanhope’s Requiem is a major new work of transcendent beauty and healing that brings together settings of the Latin Mass for the Dead with poetry by Emily Dickinson, Mary Elizabeth Frye and Oodgeroo Noonuccal.
The choir will be joined by soprano Chloe Lankshear, tenor Richard Butler, harpist Emily Granger, percussionist Jess Ciampa and wind players from the Sydney Symphony Fellows.
Brenda Gifford - Mother Earth Minga Bagan
Tomás Luis de Victoria - Versa est in luctum
Mary Finsterer - When soft voices die
James MacMillan - Miserere
Paul Stanhope - Requiem (World premiere)
Paul Stanhope Conductor
Sydney Chamber Choir
Sydney Symphony Fellows Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn
Chloe Lankshear Soprano
Richard Butler Tenor
Emily Granger Harp
Jess Ciampa Percussion
Featured non-Australian music: MacMillan, Victoria
Featured Australian Works
|Mother Earth / Minga Bagan (unspecified choir) by Brenda Gifford|
— performed by Sydney Chamber Choir
|Requiem : for soprano and tenor soloists, offstage soprano solo, SATB Choir, winds, percussion and harp (2021) by Paul Stanhope — World premiere|
— performed by Sydney Chamber Choir and Paul Stanhope
|When soft voices die : choir and cor anglais (2014) by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Finsterer|
— performed by Sydney Symphony Fellows and Sydney Chamber Choir
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