An up-to-the-moment a cappella conversation without words

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, a diverse selection of composers from across the country have been asked to fill a segment of time with sounds that draw on the rich heritage of The Song Company’s first 35 years and look forward to a burgeoning future – using the 163 symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet. 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 musical expression. Including music by Alice Chance, Aristea Mellos, Bernie Van Tiel, Chris Williams, Colin Black, Dan Walker, Elizabeth Sheppard, Felicity Wilcox, Gordon Hamilton, Josephine Gibson, Lyle Chan, Matthew Hindson, Naomi Crellin, Owen Elsley, Sally Whitwell, Sonya Holowell, Stephen Adams, and more. Music of the last 12 centuries is represented by Kassiani, Anonymous, Guido d'Arezzo, Hildegard of Bingen, Adam de la Halle, Guillaume de Machaut, John Dunstaple, William Byrd, Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Bruckner, and Igor Stravinsky.

Tue 22 Oct 7.30pm | Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
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Thu 24 Oct 2pm | Berry School of Arts
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Fri 25 Oct 7.30pm | Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra
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Sat 26 Oct 3pm | Wollongong Art Gallery
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Thu 31 Oct 7.30pm | Ballarat Art Gallery
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Fri 1 Nov 7pm | Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon
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Tue 5 Nov 7.30pm | St George’s Cathedral, Perth
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Thu 7 Nov 7pm | Newcastle Conservatorium
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Sat 9 Nov 3pm | The Independent Theatre, North Sydney
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