Sydney Chamber Choir: German Romantics

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Date: 08/04/2017

Starting at: 7:30 PM

Venue: University of Sydney: The Great Hall (University Place, University of Sydney, NSW, 2008)

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Tickets: $25 – $60

Join Sydney Chamber Choir for their first performance in 2017 at The Great Hall, University of Sydney.

Dive deep into the luscious music of the German Romantics, with this celebration of the rich beauty of choral voices: the delicacy of Schubert, the eloquence of Mendelssohn and the resonant harmonies of Brahms and Bruckner, culminating in Schoenberg’s passionate and powerful plea for Peace on Earth.

This was the age when music got personal, as composers shook off the old conventions of balance and restraint to seek out fresh ways to communicate feeling. Inspired by the magnificence of Nature, the unexplored paths of dreams and a deep awe of the divine, the Romantics opened up choral music to unlimited horizons of both grandeur and intimacy.

Young conductor leads German Romantics

Sydney Chamber Choir opens its 2017 concert series with a sensational voyage through the emotional music of German Romanticism selected by its guest young conductor, Sam Allchurch.

The rich beauty of German choral music is celebrated in this special program, from the eloquence of Mendelsohn, the delicacy of Schubert and resonant harmonies of Brahms and Bruckner, to Schoenberg’s passionate and powerful plea for peace on earth.

Inspired by the magnificence of Nature, the unexplored paths of dreams and a deep awe of the divine, the German Romantics opened up choral music to unlimited horizons of both grandeur and intimacy.

“I’ve been touched by this music’s beauty since playing the organ at Sydney Grammar School and later by my association with Geoffrey Webber at Cambridge,” said Sam Allchurch, who graduated in music from Melbourne and Cambridge universities. “We all know the masters of German music but their heart-felt choral music deserves to be better heard; and the rich sound and detailing of these 34 fantastic voices of the Sydney Chamber Choir do it perfect justice.”

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An alumnus of the internationally acclaimed Sydney Children’s Choir, Sam Allchurch also conducts its Gondwana Young Men’s Choir working with teenage singers whose voices have or are changing, and recently the famed Trinity College Choir in Melbourne.

Pianist Jem Harding, a regular collaborator with Allchurch and Gondwana, is performing in three key works of German Romantics, including a Mendelssohn piano solo.

The Sydney Chamber Choir, now in its 42nd year, will also sing Bruckner’s Christus factus est, other
a capella works by Herzogenberg and Rheinberger, and conclude German Romantics with Schoenberg, as a harbinger of modernism to come.

“This is the chance to dive into such emotionally intense music when composers threw off old conventions of balance and restraint to seek new personal ways to communicate feeling. My whole career has been devoted to researching and studying different choral musicians to produce such a concert as this.”

Richard Gill, the famed conductor and music educator and now Music Director of the Sydney Chamber Choir, chose Sam Allchurch to conduct and program its first concert for 2017.


Artists

  • Sydney Chamber Choir
  • Sam Allchurch – conductor
  • Jem Harding – piano

Program

  • Bruckner – Christus factus est
  • Mendelssohn, Brahms & Schubert – Motets
  • Schoenberg – Friede auf Erden

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