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Leichhardt Espresso Chorus: Pánta Kremámena – All Things Suspended
9 June 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEST
Tickets: Adult $40 | Early Bird (available until May 26) $35 | Concession $35 | Student/Child (up to 18 years) $20
Pánta Kremámena draws from Judaeo-Christian liturgy, interweaving new music with the ancient practice of public worship: readings, petitions, psalms, sermons. The work is a meditation on the idea of creation, reckoning with our flawed design, and with our capacity to create terrible and beautiful things alike.
LEC Artistic Director Michelle Leonard OAM says: “Josephine Gibson has written a new innovative work, in some ways a postmodernist reframing of a secular rite.
Pánta Kremámena (All Things Suspended) is a three part piece, that creates a sacred but secular space for active contemplation in a world where we need to reflect on how we connect to each other.”
The piece is written for choir, chamber ensemble and soloists and interloops with three traditional Kyrie Eleison prayers, framed around duets and instrumental pieces.
The concert is performed by the choir of the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, leading Australian singers Andrew O’Connor and Anna Fraser, and a chamber ensemble including flute quartet, piano, harp and vibraphone.
At the centre of the work is a hymn of Valentinus, a religious figure of late Antiquity and ancient gnosticism, titled Summer Harvest.
The work is one of over 100 new Australian works and arrangements which Michelle has commissioned over the past 20 years with the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, something of which the entire group is also proud. “Each week we are shaping a new work and watching in unfold in real time, which is quite an extraordinary experience to get inside an artist’s head and breathing life into a new work – it’s equally scary and exhilarating, you never know what each week will bring!”
Michelle Leonard clearly has a passion to commission new Australian choral music, driving a vision for the community-based choir Leichardt Espresso Chorus. It’s a unique direction for community singers, who are usually comfortable with repertoire that is easier to learn. While many community music organisations travel safely with their music, Michelle is unafraid to support an Australian voice and sound.
“All the singers in this choir find something so uplifting about singing and presenting a work that has never ever been performed before. They are all so brave – I love the way this choir is made up of people from every walk of life – from lawyers, to parents, to teachers and artists.”