MUSIC OF J.S. BACH, ANNE BOYD, ROSS EDWARDS
Wollongong, Newcastle, Canberra, Sydney and online
Australia’s national vocal ensemble – The Song Company – begins its 2023 season with a breathtaking program of Australian a cappella works by Ross Edwards and Anne Boyd, paired with J.S. Bach’s monumental motet Jesu, meine Freude. Led by Guest Director and soprano Amy Moore.
David Yardley A Vision of Julian Norwich
Anne Boyd Revelations of Divine Love (1993)
Richard Dering Factum est silentium
Ross Edwards Southern Cross Chants (2004)
J.S. Bach Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
J.S. Bach, Anne Boyd, Ross Edwards, David Yardley, Robert Dering
Susannah Lawergren, Amy Moore, Jessica O'Donoghue, Louis Hurley, Hayden Barrington and Aidan O'Donnell
|GUEST MUSIC DIRECTOR||
Francis Greep, organ continuo
J.S. BACH / JESU, MEINE FREUDE
Jesu, meine Freude (Jesus, my Joy) BWV 227 is the longest and most musically complex of J.S. Bach's motets composed around 1723. It is set in eleven movements for up to five voices. The text is after the Lutheran hymn of the same name with words by Johann Franck, first published in 1653.
ANNE BOYD / REVELATIONS OF DIVINE LOVE
Composed in 1993, Revelations of Divine Love was commissioned by The Song Company with funds provided by Australia Council and first performed on 9 September 1994 at St James Church, Sydney.
The text was assembled by the composer from Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love and the bible.
ROSS EDWARDS / SOUTHERN CROSS CHANTS
Southern Cross Chants was written in 2004 for The Song Company Commissioned by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
It was first performed on 2 December 2004 in the Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music conducted by Roland Peelman, to whom the work is dedicated.
Ross writes: "Southern Cross Chants is a further exploration of the astronomical text provided by Fred Watson for my choral Fourth Symphony, Star Chant (2001). It consists of a series of modules, each of which may be detached for separate performance.
The text celebrates stars and constellations of the southern skies by juxtaposing their classical, scientific and Australian Aboriginal names. The first module, for example, pairs the words for the constellation Hydra with Unwala: Hydra being the water-snake of ancient Greek legend, whose head is Unwala the Crab to the people of Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The work thus attempts a musical fusion of art and science whilst recognising that Australia's indigenous cultures were possibly the world's first astronomers."
Dates & Times
|St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wollongong||Saturday 11 March 2023 - 3:00pm|
|Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music||Sunday 12 March 2023 - 3:00pm|
|Wesley Music Centre, Forrest (Canberra)||Tuesday 14 March 2023 - 7:00pm|
|The Neilson, ACO, Pier 2/3 Dawes Point (Sydney)||Friday 17 March, 2023 - 7pm|
|The Neilson, ACO, Pier 2/3 Dawes Point (Sydney)||Sunday 19 March, 2023 - 3pm|
|Digital Broadcast (Australian Digital Concert Hall)||Wednesday 22 March, 2023 - 7pm|