60s Cycles - voices from the seventh decade of life
- Date: Saturday, 3 December 2011 to Sunday, 4 December 2011, 4pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday
- Venue: Northcote Town Hall — High St, Northcote, VIC
- Tickets: Adults: $30 | Children: $15 | Concession: $15 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9326 5424
Astra's 60th season concludes with a Kaleidoscopic celebration of music from the Renaissance to the present day. Each half of the program is led off by 60 year-old composers - Johann Sebastian Bach, with his Art of Fugue arranged by Dieter Schnebel as a contemporary choral sculpture, Johannes Brahms with a late canon, and Keith Humble with his Nocturne written as a tribute to the Astra Choir in 1988.
Four works are premiered in the concert, including two larger choral works written especially for the occasion: Steven Hodgson's At the End of Things places solo bass Jerzy Kozlowski at the centre of a choral-instrumental tapestry, while Neil Kelly's 60 Cycles is a setting of a famous Nietzsche text for three solo sopranos, choir and instrumental ensemble. Other first performances include Martin Friedel's new songs on poems of Raymond Carver, written for solo soprano and saxophone. From Venice, Italy comes Fillipo Perocco's Tuba mirum, a vision of the end of time from the mediaeval 'Dies irae'.
The 2011 season concludes where it began, with music of the bicentenary composer Franz Liszt - whose 'Chorus Mysticus' from the Faust Symphony sets the ultimate last words that close Goethe's Faust Part 2: "All that is transient/is but a parable..."
Performers: The Astra Choir and soloists including Greta Bradman (soprano) and Jerzy Kozlowski (bass) and instrumental ensemble conducted by John McCaughey
Featured non-Australian music: Filippo Perocco, Francisco Penalosa, Clemens non Papa, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Dieter Schnebel
Featured Australian Works
|60 cycles : the breath of empty space : SATB choir with chamber ensemble (2011) by Neil Kelly — World premiere|
— performed by Astra Choir, John McCaughey and Astra Chamber Music Society
|At the end of things by Steven Hodgson|
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