Welcome to Adelaide Chamber Singers’ 2013 Concert Season – it’s our 17th Subscription Season and our 28th year of music-making in Adelaide – and we’re on the move!
In 2013 we present another wonderfully eclectic mix of music from the rich chamber choral repertoire together with new and rarely performed works, including two première performances of new Australian choral music. We are also collaborating with our friends in the Sydney Chamber Choir featuring the two ensembles both individually and together in the glorious resonance of St. Peter’s Cathedral.
We also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten – one of Britain’s greatest ever composers, and one of the 20th century’s most performed composers of choral music.
And, we are initiating an exciting new companion subscription series in the Adelaide Hills where we will be making a ‘Home in the Hills’ at the Church of the Epiphany in Crafers with its radiant simplicity and beautifully clear acoustic.
So, wherever you are, come and share this music with us – we love it, and we think you will too.
Carl Crossin OAM
Artistic Director and Conductor
ADELAIDE CHAMBER SINGERS
Subscription Series Program 1
tales of two cities
Saturday 8 June, 6:30pm St. Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide
Sunday 9 June, 3pmChurch of the Epiphany, Crafers
Sunday 16 June, 3pmGreat Hall, University of Sydney
SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR
Paul Stanhope – Musical Director
|Gabriel Jackson||Sanctum est Verum Lumen (40-part motet)|
|Thomas Tallis||Spem in alium (40-part motet)|
|Benjamin Britten||Hymn to St. Cecilia|
|Gabriel Jackson||Cecilia Virgo|
|Paul Stanhope||If I forget thee, Jerusalem|
|Joseph Twist||A Strange Land|
|Benjamin Britten||Hymn to the Virgin|
Adelaide Chamber Singers and Sydney Chamber Choir together again in 2013! Following our highly successful collaboration for Bach’s Johannes Passion in 2012, we are very excited to join forces again with our friends in the East for performances in Adelaide and Sydney of some of the great showpieces of the choral world – the ‘megasonaural’ 40-part motets by the contemporary British composer Gabriel Jackson and his justly famous 16th century countryman Thomas Tallis. Each choir will also perform on its own in programs that feature exciting new Australian choral music. And we begin our homage to Benjamin Britten – one of choral music’s greatest champions – in his centenary year.
Subscription Series Program 2
*Friday 27 September, 6:30pmElder Hall, North Terrace
Saturday 28 September, 6:30pmElder Hall, North Terrace
Sunday 29 September, 3pmChurch of the Epiphany, Crafers
ALEKSANDR TSIBOULSKI guitar
|Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco||Romancero Gitano (Gypsy Songs)|
|Jeffrey Van||A Procession Winding Around Me|
|Peter Sculthorpe||Maranoa Lullaby|
From John Dowland to Joni Mitchell, from the vibrant flamenco traditions of Spain to the gentle lyricism of American guitarist and composer Jeffrey Van, the sound of voice and guitar (or lute) together has been one of the most popular – and most intimate – of combinations in our musical heritage. In this program, Adelaide Chamber Singers collaborates with one of Australia’s leading classical guitarists, Alexander Tsiboulski, in music of great beauty and depth for chamber choir and guitar – and we continue our homage to Benjamin Britten with a work that, although the fruit of his younger years, was not published until the very end of his life.
Program duration approximately 1h45m
Subscription Series Program 3
Saturday 30 November, 8pmSt. Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide
Sunday 1 December, 3pmChurch of the Epiphany, Crafers
ALICE GILES harp
|Benjamin Britten||A Ceremony of Carols|
|Marc-Antoine Charpentier||Messe de Minuit pour Noël|
|Benjamin Britten||A Boy Was Born|
|Carl Crossin||…and on earth, peace (First performance)|
Britten’s justly famous A Ceremony of Carols for treble voices and harp and Charpentier’s charming ‘Midnight Mass’ for choir and chamber orchestra based on French Christmas carols are amongst the best-known and best-loved of all Christmas music. Whether encountering them for the first time or re-discovering them as old friends, this is Christmas music at its best. Britten’s A Boy Was Born completes our homage to one of England&Rsquo;s greatest composers in his centenary year with the first complete performance in Adelaide of this youthful creation – a virtuosic set of choral variations for chamber choir. We will also première a new work by ACS Director Carl Crossin especially written for the Adelaide Chamber Singers with settings of texts drawn from the Middle Ages and our own time.
$38/$30 concession (service fees apply)
Online bookings: www.trybooking.com (service fee 30c per ticket)
Phone bookings: BASS phone 131 246 (service fee $3.30 per ticket)
In person: At a BASS outlet (service fee $3.30 per ticket)
Concert duration approx. 1 hour 45 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
Adelaide Chamber Singers reserves the right to vary the content of concert programs without notice.
Please note that Adelaide Chamber Singers tickets are GST free.