At a delightful evening soiree amongst a series of domestic landscapes Song Company launched it’s 2017 Season, ‘The Attraction of Opposites’.
The ensemble performed a light degustation, a small taste of each of their five subscription series concerts, which Artistic Director Antony Pitts describes as, ‘a potted history of 20th Century works’.
To warm up the gathering the six Song Company singers were joined by the Australian Art Quartet, artists in residence at The Yellow House in Potts Point, Sydney where the launch was held, for a beautifully performed work by Henry Purcell ‘… just because it is music that moves me.’ said Pitts. He was right.
The choice of venue for the launch was significant as tonight The Song Company announced a new partnership with The Yellow House where, in this intimate gallery space, surrounded by exceptional art, they will preview all five mainstage concerts of the season. We were given a brief insight into what might possibly happen artistically in the space as the Song Company turned to vocally contemplate artist Tony Slater’s evocative works in the current exhibition ‘The Sun, The Built and The Grown.’ The soundscape created in response to the art, a series of closely cropped images of suburban dwellings, power poles, fences and even washing hanging on a line, was an example of what Pitts described as ‘turning the visual into music’ and was a sample of exciting things to come I think.
It was at this point that Pitts announced the ensemble’s 2017 collaborations with Australian composers including Alice Chance and Andrew Batt-Rawden, and their continuing partnership with leading Australian musicians such as Daniel Yeadon and Neal Peres Da Costa. Reaching further afield, concert two in the series features special guest artist Oday Al Khatib.
In 2017 in addition to the main concert series there are three Special Projects planned: An Oratorio for our Times – Jerusalem-Yerushalayim, Arvo Pärt – Passio and Monteverdi Vespers performed with St Mary’s Catherdral Choir in the Cathedral itself.
And then there’s the Pop-Up Concerts. When and where we have no idea. You’ll need to sign up to be a part of it all. Very intriguing.
Pitts describes the 2017 program as ‘full of great beauty’ and that is how the evening ended when the singers left us with a perfectly rendered arrangement of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (a new Song Company signature piece perhaps?).
The 2017 program is inspired, exciting and incredibly diverse, a perfectly fitted glove for this ensemble. I for one am excited, my calendar will be full trying to keep up with Song Co’s many and varied concerts and I am looking forward to every one of them!
Here’s a quick look at the 5 mainstage concerts direct from the program:
- Accidental Plans: The Sunset not the Dawn: The extraordinary life and death of Cornelius Cardew in graphic scores and group improvisation.
- Stick and Stones: On the Road to Jericho – Voices of exile – music of refugees, migrants, and Displaced Persons.
- Forward and Bach: Martin Luther’s Legacy – From Bach to Batt-Rawden – new and old settings of Ein feste Burg and other well-known melodies.
- Dreamers of the Day: Living the Dream – A fantastical musical adventure exploring an Inception-like series of nested dreams.
- Lulla Lully: Rocking the Cradle of History – The Pageant Of The Shearmen And Tailors …it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.