Missa Alchera : Brisbane Chamber Choir & Schola St Stephen
- Date: Sunday, 31 May 2009, 12noon
- Venue: Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane — 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, QLD Tickets: This is a free event
The cathedrals of St John’s and St Stephen’s have commissioned renowned Australian composer Ross Edwards to compose a mass that incorporates the elements that are 'identifiably Australian'. The premiere performance will be presented by Brisbane Chamber Choir combined with the Schola of the Cathedral of St Stephen.
Once the choir received a copy of the completed work it was clear that this was a special piece that was both technically demanding and musically rewarding at the same time.
Edwards says of his latest work that '... I had intended to make my mass as much a contemplation as a celebration. Composing it during a time of fire and flood, however, often provoked an emotional response to the drama inherent in the text, so that outbursts of intensity are apt to intrude on moments of serene detachment. Listeners may detect shapes and patterns that recall natural voices of the environment as well as various kinds of chant, both liturgical and Aboriginal. I think Missa Alchera may be said to be ecumenical in the broadest sense.'
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Featured Australian Works
||Mass of the Dreaming : Missa Alchera (2009) by Ross Edwards|
— performed by Brisbane Chamber Choir and Schola of the Cathedral of St Stephen
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