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Gondwana World Choral Festival 2019: World Showcase series concert 4 – Combined international choir

20 July 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

Tickets: Adult $35 | Concession (child/student/under 30/pensioner) $25

Combining to form five, cross-cultural ‘super-choirs’, all the international choirs of the festival unite and share songs from their homelands for the final night at The Con and the last concert of the World Showcase series.

THE CHOIRS

The Boston Children’s Chorus harnesses the power and joy of music to unite their city’s communities and inspire social change. Named Boston’s “Ambassadors of Harmony” by the Boston Globe, the choir is known for its commitment to diversity, inclusiveness and furthering African-American choral traditions. Boston Children’s Chorus signature event is the annual Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert. The choir has won many awards including the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented to the choir by Michelle Obama at the White House.

  • President and Artistic Director, Anthony Trecek-King

World renowned French children’s choir, La Cigale de Lyon was founded in 1947. Its repertoire spans a range of styles with musical open-mindedness from a capella classical music to the same with a piano accompaniment and specially-created polyphonies. Regularly appearing at prestigious festivals in Europe, USA, South America, Japan and China, La Cigale de Lyon has published several CDs, won many international prizes and worked with renowned conductors.

  • Artistic Director/Conductor – Anne-Marie Cabut

The Estonian Television Girls’ Choir of thirty-seven young women aged 13-20, performs a repertoire of religious and secular music from different ages, folk music, modern pop, jazz and vocal-symphonic forms. The choir has performed in most European cities and the US. They have collaborated with renowned Estonian composers Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Urmas Sisask and Tõnu Kõrvits as well as British composer Roxanna Panufnik and world-renowned America conductor, Eric Whitacre.

  • Artistic Director & Founder – Aarne Saluveer

The Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir is a 12-time champion of the World Choir Games. One of the most prominent middle schools in China, the choir has won 13 consecutive championships of the Guangzhou School Chorus Festival and has been awarded the honorary Chinese title of “Model Choir”.

  • Artistic Director/Conductor – Mingjing Xie

The first of its kind in the region, the Inner Mongolia Youth Choir was founded in 2008. Its 80-odd members all hail from farming families on the plains of Inner Mongolia. As well as Mongol songs, the choir performs in several foreign languages. Its members play musical instruments, including the traditional Mongolian horse head fiddle and perform traditional dances. In 2017 their album “Swan Goose” won Best Album in the 10th China Golden Disk awards. The choir is recognised as one of the major choirs of the world with performances in the European Choir Competition, Taipei International Choir Festival and the 10th World Symposium on Choir Music in Seoul.

  • Artistic Director/Conductor – Yalungerile

Founded in 1966, the Nagoya Children’s Choir has performed around the globe. Its performance highlights include the Hungary State Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen, the 2003 International Children and Girls’ Choral Festival in Latvia, a tour of Australia in 2007, and the 2013 St Petersburg International Choral Festival, where they were awarded the audience prize for modern and folk music. In 2016, the choir celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special series of concerts in Japan. Their CDs include ‘Good Evening Moon’ and a collection of Japanese children’s songs. Recent appearances include singing with Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari Opera in their production of Puccini’s Turandot, and the Bulgarian National Theatre Opera in Carmen.

  • Artistic Director and Conductor – Shunji Mizutani

Riga Cathedral Girls’ Choir TIARA is one of the most vivid musical ensembles in the concert life of Latvia. Creative collaboration with contemporary composers is a high priority for the choir which has premiered many works of Latvian and foreign composers. TIARA has performed in many European festivals and won several international competition prizes. In 2017 it was among the invited participants of 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona.

  • Artistic Director/Conductor Aira Birzina

Established 30 years ago, the most senior of the The Sydney Children’s Choir is their treble choir made up of girls and boys aged 10-16. They regularly collaborates with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia and other leading ensembles. The choir has worked with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson-Thomas, David Robertson and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Performances at high profile events have included the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, World Youth Day, Sydney Festival and the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. As well as touring nationally, the choir has performed in Japan, Finland and China presenting their trademark performances of contemporary Australian music to new audiences.

  • Conductor and Artistic Director – Lyn Williams AM

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary last year, the Toronto Children’s Chorus is recognised as one of the finest treble choirs in the world. Exemplifying artistic excellence, the choir’s vast repertoire embraces diverse cultures and traditions and covers an extensive range of musical genres. Toronto Children’s Chorus has collaborated with musicians such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and commissioned many new Canadian works that have greatly influenced the treble voice repertoire.

  • Artistic Director – Elise Bradley, MNZM

In Adelaide, Young Adelaide Voices has performed and collaborated wit hthe Adelaide International Festival of Arts and the International Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera of South Australia, where they have sung in orchestral classics, opera, music theatre and film. Highlights have included the children’s chorus in Britten’s War Requiem with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and singing with The Rolling Stones.

 

Venue

Sydney Conservatorium of Music: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney
Conservatorium Road
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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