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In Praise of Darkness


In Praise of Darkness

  • Date: Saturday, 21 June 2014, 10pm
  • Venue: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart — 1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
  • Tickets: $19-79 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

‘Then dearest child mournest thou only for Jupiter?
Considerest thou alone the burial of the stars?’

On the Beach at Night, Walt Whitman

It’s the night of the winter solstice, and we’re celebrating this ancient marking of time with a special concert of darkness and light. The medieval, pagan and ritual elements of the solstice will be reborn in an incandescent modern soundworld, conducted by the astounding Anu Tali (Estonia). Enter the world anew.

Anu Tali conductor
Jun Yi Ma violin
Sharon Prero soprano
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus

GREGORIAN CHANT Dominus illuminatio mea
ARVO PÄRT Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
JOHN TAVENER Song of the Angel
MORTEN LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium
ARVO PÄRT Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte ...

Featured non-Australian music: Pärt, Vasks, Lauridsen, Tavener

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Carlo : music for strings and sampler (1997) by Brett Dean
— performed by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Anu Tali

Featured artists

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