|Sunday 2nd December at 3pm|
Glebe Music Festival
In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc
TWO ‘FIRSTS’ WITH
Be the first in Australia to hear two highly significant contemporary choral works performed by Bel a cappella with the Lurline Chamber Orchestra!
Pēteris Vasks’ Missa and George Dyson’s Hierusalem will receive their Australian première performances at Christ Church St Laurence at 2.30pm on Sunday 11th November.
“I am delighted to be presenting a concert that includes some glorious choral music that has not previously been performed in Australia”, says Bel a cappella’s Musical Director Anthony Pasquill.
Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, one of Europe’s most praised and influential contemporary composers, was Composer in Residence at the 2012 Canberra International Music Festival, where several of his works were performed. Bel a cappella will perform his Missa in the version for mixed chorus and string orchestra, which received its world premiere to great acclaim in Helsinki in 2005. It is an expansive work in both scale and breadth of emotion and this Australian première performance promises to be a major event in Sydney’s musical calendar.
English composer Sir George Dyson died in 1964, and it is only now that the significance of
his considerable output of music is beginning to be appreciated. Hierusalem, written in
1956, is a sumptuous and dramatic work for soprano solo, chorus, string orchestra, harp
and organ based on a text by the 3rd Century theologian St Augustine, depicting the story of
The choir will also perform Gustav Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekhommen (I am lost to the world), originally written for soprano solo and orchestra, and beautifully arranged for 16-voice unaccompanied choir, as well as dramatic settings by Gustav Holst of Psalms 86 and 148 for chorus, string orchestra and organ.
Bel a cappella is a chamber choir dedicated to the performance of diverse, high quality
choral music in fine venues around Sydney, and is joining forces for the first time with
acclaimed professional string ensemble the Lurline Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors/pensioners and $20 for students.