MAINSTAGE: Buxtehude’s monumental meditation on suffering and the human body set with contemporary Indigenous dance, and a major new Australian work from Chris Williams. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 DUE TO COVID

ARMS OF LOVE

Close-Up: Max Riebl – from Bach to Elvis Presley and back! With a voice that’s described as “exquisite” (Limelight Magazine) and “luminous” (The Australian), Melbourne-based countertenor Max Riebl joins Associate Artistic Director Francis Greep to reinvent the recital experience. This intimate program weaves effortlessly between Bach’s Lutheran cantatas, mid-20th-century classics from Elvis, and a new work by Sarah Elise Thompson.

BACH TO THE FUTURE

MAINSTAGE IN CAMERA: Transience and homelessness in the world première of a new 32-part setting of Gavin Bryars' classic Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet and a remake of a legendary canon from the Eton Choirbook. LISTEN ONLINE (BRONZE/SILVER/GOLD MEMBERS)

BURDEN OF TRUTH

SALON: Beautiful voices and exquisite harmonies in sublime song! The Song Company’s Ensemble Artists launch their SALON series with this entertaining program of Brahms’s energetic “Liebeslieder Waltzes” and the touching Tonadillas en un stile antiguo by Enrique Granados. Warning: this performance contains wonderful young voices, beautiful music, and theatrical elements!

DANCES OF PASSION

CLOSE-UP: Koen van Stade – Dichterliebe as Schumann might have imagined it How can we develop the sense of good taste that was expected of artists in the 19th century? Combined research into historical recordings and written sources add up to a brand-new presentation and complete performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe in this lecture-recital by Principal Artist, tenor Koen van Stade and Guest Artist, pianist Neal Peres Da Costa. Hear surprising performance practices of portamento, vibrato, rhythm, tempo, legato, and diction in the styles to which Schumann himself was accustomed – bringing the song cycle to life as it might have sounded in the decades immediately following its conception.

DICHTERLIEBE REIMAGINED

SALON: Parts II & III of Handel’s perennial favourite sung in intimate surroundings by The Song Company soloists for Passiontide and Easter! Handel’s Messiah has been the stuff of legends since its premiere in Dublin in 1742 reviewed thus, “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 complete this Salon interpretation with Parts II & III of Handel’s most beloved work for Passiontide and Easter in this special presentation designed for these times – to reveal surprising intimacy in this much-loved oratorio.

MESSIAH, Parts II & III

MAINSTAGE: Songs from the heart created by Indigenous composers Elizabeth Sheppard and Sonya Holowell for The Song Company In 2021 our season culminates in October/November with a special MAINSTAGE project for seven singers working together with Elizabeth Sheppard and Sonya Holowell, Indigenous composers who are both also singers. The program is directly inspired by the principles underlying the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

SONGS FROM THE HEART

SALON: The rich treasures of English Renaissance partbooks featuring golden polyphony by Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, and William Byrd. The Song Company returns to the authentic practice of partbook-singing around a table to bring you the rich treasures of English Renaissance partbooks, featuring golden polyphony by Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, and William Byrd.

TURNING THE TABLE