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Sydney University Graduate Choir: Rheinberger Star of Bethlehem & Nicolai’s Christmas Overture

8 December 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT

Tickets: Adults $50 | Pensioners (no Seniors Card) $40 | Children 16 and under & full-time students $25

The Sydney University Graduate Choir and its Music Director, Christopher Bowen OAM, invite you to join them for a concert of timeless carols and sacred music, featuring the rare delight of Josef Rheinberger’s Christmas Cantata, the Star of Bethlehem. This concert will be presented at the Great Hall, University of Sydney, with a full orchestra.

Munich-based Rheinberger (1839-1901) composed the Star of Bethlehem Cantata to words by his wife, the gifted poet Franziska “Fanny” von Hoffnaass. It is a charming and moving account of the Nativity, and will provide our audience with the premiere performance of this work in Australia. We are also performing the Christmas Overture by the German early Romantic composer, Otto Nicolai (1810-1849), based on a Christmas hymn, with words and music by Martin Luther.

The concert will also reflect the season with four carols, two sung by the Chamber Choir. The inspiring atmosphere of the University’s Great Hall provides a perfect setting for this performance.


  • Orchestra & Soloists
  • Christopher Bowen – Music Director
  • Elke Hook | Soprano
  • David Hidden | Bass

About the soloists:

Soprano: Elke Hook has been a regular soloist with the choir for a number of years, most recently in Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” last December. Elke has also been the soloist for the City of Sydney “Christmas at the Town Hall” event with this choir for several years, and performs regularly with other choirs.

Bass: David Hidden, a favourite with the choir, has been a soloist for a number of concerts, also most recently in December 2018. David has toured Australia with Opera Australia and Musica Viva Programs.



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