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Music on Music

7:30pm 30th March 2019 - 9:30pm 30th March 2019

Event Details

Venue Name: The Great Hall, University of Sydney
Venue Address: Science Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050
Event Type: Concert
Cost: Various - See below
Choir(s): Sydney Chamber Choir

Booking Details

Booking Phone Number: 1300 661 738

Music on Music 

Sydney Chamber Choir
Sam Allchurch Conductor
Joshua Ryan Organist

When music holds a mirror up to itself, new resonances are revealed. From the purity of Josquin, Byrd and Palestrina to the humanity of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and the sheer delight of Bach’s motet Singet dem Herrn, this program of music about music takes us deep inside the mysterious beauty of melody, harmony and the human voice.

Palestrina starts from first principles with his Mass based on the scale ‘Ut re mi fa so la’; Elliott Gyger takes us back a step earlier with his setting of Ut queant laxis, the poem which gave us those note names.

Josquin des Prez calls upon the finest singers of the world, both human and divine, to mourn the loss of his teacher, the great Johannes Ockeghem; Paul Stanhope calls on the angelic choirs to take us into heavenly realms; Herbert Howells turns to the patron saint of music in his ecstatic Hymn for St Cecilia, and Michael Tippett commands nature itself to burst forth in songs of joy in Dance, Clarion Air. Scottish composer James MacMillan brings the timeless beauty of Gaelic melody to his meditation A New Song, while the ‘new song’ celebrated in Bach’s double-choir motet Singet dem Herrn fills the air with sheer delight.

Four centuries apart, Elizabethan master William Byrd and Australian Joseph Twist explore the place of music in defining our identity with Quomodo cantabimus/How Shall We Sing in a Strange Land?. Elliott Carter revels in the eccentricity of Emily Dickinson’s poem Musicians Wrestle Everywhere. And Benjamin Britten’s transcendent Rejoice in the Lamb reveals the power of music to bring healing and hope.

When: Saturday 30th March @ 7.30pm
Where: The Great Hall, University of Sydney

Premium Standard $60 | Concession $55 
A reserve Standard $50 | Concession $45 
B reserve Standard $40 | Concession $35 
Student (B reserve only) $25

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