Experience Brahms’ mighty romantic masterpiece as a powerful chamber work in this intimate version for an ensemble of soloists and two pianos in the superb acoustics of City Recital Hall.
The Song Company, the talented voices of its Apprentice Program and legendary pianist Gerard Willems AM collaborate with Artistic Director Antony Pitts in what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of beauty, clarity and pathos.
About the concert
Thomas Tallis –Sancte Deus
Marc’Antonio Ingegneri – Tenebrae factae sunt
Johannes Brahms – Variations on a Theme of Haydn (St Antony Variations)
– Interval –
Johannes Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem
Dedicated to humankind, Brahms’ Requiem is unlike any other that came before. Written in his native German, rather than Latin, it rejects the traditional requiem mass’ focus on divine justice, rather offering hope and solace for those left behind.
While the music evokes that of Schumann, Beethoven and Bach, it is also influenced by the intricate polyphony of the 16th Century yet is unmistakably Brahmsian in architecture and scale.
The program also features his major work for two pianos, the Variations on a Theme of Haydn, with Willems joined by Associate Artistic Director Francis Greep, and some of the most hauntingly beautiful a-cappella music in the repertoire.
This performance heralds the return of choral works to the Main Stage and is sure to be the vocal event of the year.
The Song Company
Amy Moore Principal Artist – Soprano
Chloe Lankshear Principal Artist – Soprano
Hannah Fraser Emeriti Artist – Mezzo-soprano
Janine Harris Associate Artist – Mezzo-soprano
Dan Walker Principal Artist – Tenor
Ethan Taylor Associate Artist – Tenor
Hayden Barrington Associate Artist – Baritone
Christopher Richardson Guest Artist – Bass
The SongCo Apprentices
The SongCo Chorale
including students from the Conservatorium High School
Roberta Diamond Principal Artist – Language Coach
Gerard Willems Guest Artist – Piano
Francis Greep Associate Artistic Director – Piano
Antony Pitts Artistic Director – Conductor