Season 2014

Carl Crossin

Welcome to Adelaide Chamber Singers’ 2014 Concert Season.

Our successes in Italy, Wales and Austria in 2013 propel us into 2014 on a real high – and we’re off to France in October to perform at the 2014 Polyfollia international choral festival.

So, we begin 2014 full of vibrancy and creative energy with virtuoso Baroque choral music of the highest order – the complete motets of J. S. Bach. We love our late night Adelaide Festival concerts in St. Peter’s Cathedral and our subscription series sees us in two beautiful and acoustically rich locations in the city, and in the intimate space of the Church of Epiphany in the Adelaide Hills as we return for the second year.

We’re also delighted to collaborate with Adelaide’s own Zephyr Quartet in Darkness & Light, and with theatre and opera director Andy Packer in Monteverdi’s Fire.

So, from Palestrina to Pärt, Monteverdi to Maclean, Bach to Whitacre and Zephyr, our 2014 Season – our 29th year of music-making – will see us continuing to do what we love. Please join us.


Carl Crossin OAM
Artistic Director and Conductor

presented in association
with Adelaide Festival

Late Night in the Cathedral

The Complete Motets of JS Bach

Adelaide Chamber Singers

Monday 3 March &
Wednesday 5 March, 10pm

St. Peter’s Cathedral, King William Rd, North Adelaide

The six motets of J S Bach are amongst the most glorious – and the most virtuosic – musical masterworks of the Baroque. ACS presents Bach’s complete motets in two 60-minute concerts as special Adelaide Festival performances.

The programs also feature Knut Nystedt’s deconstruction of Bach’s chorale “Komm, süsser Tod” in Immortal Bach, and music for solo violin performed by one of Australia’s finest Baroque violinists, Lucinda Moon.

Program 1

Monday 3 March
JS BachKomm, Jesu, komm BWV 229
JS BachCiaccona (from Partita No.2 for solo violin)
JS BachDer Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf BWV 226
Knut NystedtImmortal Bach 1
JS BachJesu meine Freude BWV 227

Program 2

Wednesday 5 March
JS BachFürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir BWV 228
JS BachAllemande, Sarabanda & Giga (from Partita No.2 for solo violin)
JS BachLobet den Herrn, alle Heiden BWV 230
Knut NystedtImmortal Bach 2
JS BachSinget dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225

2014 Subscription Series


Adelaide Chamber Singers

Friday 4 April, 8pm

St. Peter’s Cathedral, King William Rd, North Adelaide

Sunday 6 April, 3pm

Church of the Epiphany, Epiphany Place, Crafers

Crys•tal•line | ‘kristl-in, -tl-,īn, – tl-,ēn (adjective) transparent, clear, pure.

What wonderful words to describe the music of Eric Whitacre, Arvo Pärt, Australia’s own Clare Maclean and Renaissance masters Victoria and Palestrina.

Though this music spans five centuries, it still speaks to us with an immediacy that transcends the stylistic differences between the composers, their geography, and the historical ages themselves.

Walt Whitman said “I hear not the volumes of sound merely, I am moved by exquisite meaning.”

So, whether it’s in the cavernous and lofty spaces of St. Peter’s Cathedral or the intimate clarity of the Church of the Epiphany in Crafers, you will be moved by the exquisiteness, the purity and the sheer beauty of this music.

Eric WhitacreWater Night
Eric WhitacreAlleluia
PalestrinaSicut cervus/Sitivit anima mea
PalestrinaSuper flunina Babylonis
Arvo PärtAn den Wassern zu Babel
Clare MacleanAgnus Dei from Ossanna Mass
Tomas Luis da VictoriaSalve Regina
…and other works

Program duration approximately 1h20m including a short interval

Subscription Series

Darkness & Light

Adelaide Chamber Singers

Saturday 28 June, 6:30pm

Pilgrim Church, Flinders St, Adelaide

Sunday 29 June, 3pm

Church of the Epiphany, Epiphany Place, Crafers

Christie Anderson
Guest artists

We think it makes perfect sense for two of Adelaide’s leading chamber ensembles to collaborate!

This eclectic program of music for voices and string quartet draws its inspiration from one of the central works, Ola Gjeilo’s setting of the poem Dark Night of the Soul by 16th century Spanish poet and Catholic mystic, St. John of the Cross.

The journey from darkness into light traverses the soaring counterpoint of Victoria, the ‘hair-raising’ harmonic world of 16th century Spaniard Carlo Gesualdo, the beautiful spaciousness of Mozart’s Ave Verum, the luminescent beauty of Koehne’s ‘closed world’, and the warm light of Tallis and Lauridsen.

And, we introduce two new works for chamber choir and string quartet to help grow this wonderful combination of instrumental and vocal forces.

Ola GjeiloDark Night of the Soul
Carlo GesualdoTenebrae factae sunt
MozartAve verum corpus
Morten LauridsenO Nata Lux
Thomas TallisO Nata Lux
Tomas Luis da VictoriaRequiem Aeternam/Lux Aeterna
Graeme KoehneA Closed World of Fine Feelings and Grand Design
(New choral version)
…and including new music composed especially for this collaboration by Hilary Kleinig and Carl Crossin

Program duration approximately 90 minutes

Subscription Series

Monteverdi’s Fire

Adelaide Chamber Singers

Saturday 27 September, 6:30pm

Pilgrim Church, Flinders St, Adelaide

Sunday 28 September, 3pm

Church of the Epiphany, Epiphany Place, Crafers

Tuesday 30 September, 6pm

Melbourne Recital Centre Salon
Cnr Southbank Blvd and Sturt St, Southbank

Director – Andy Packer
Musical Director – Carl Crossin

Monteverdi was one of the greatest of all madrigal composers and his eight books of madrigals represent the pinnacle of that intimate and dramatic musical genre that entertained and flourished in the royal courts of Renaissance Italy.

We have woven together as a musical theatre creation, the eight madrigals and two great madrigal cycles of Libro Sesto Madrigali (6th Book).

These madrigals were composed at a very significant time for Monteverdi as he innovatively fulfilled his obligations as composer at the court of Vincenzo Gonzaga, the Duke of Mantua, in Northern Italy. They are full of musical invention and deep, passionate emotional expression – and they represent the final flowering of a genre that eventually gave way to the creation of opera.

Be witness to this new and powerful production that combines profound music with the musical and theatrical talents of some of Adelaide‘s finest performers.

MonteverdiSixth Book of Madrigals (complete)

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