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Ascendens Christus In Altum


Ascendens Christus In Altum

  • Date: Saturday, 29 April 2017, 7pm
  • Venue: St Augustine’s Catholic Church (Balmain) — Eaton Street, Balmain, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $30 | Concession: $25 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0414 773 714

Event Details

Following Easter, and in preparation for Ascension Day, Coro Austral will perform Tomás Luis de Victoria’s beautiful motet and mass Ascendens Christus in Altum (Christ ascended on high) in the magnificent ‘gothic’ acoustic of St Augustine’s Church, Balmain on Saturday 29th April.

Artistic Director Margot McLaughlin has devised a program that combines the 16th Century Spanish Latin Mass with exceptional contemporary choral works of faith from Australia and Spain. Coro Austral will give a rare performance of Australian composer Clare Maclean’s Aunque es de Noche (Although it is night), taken from verses by the 16th Century Spanish poet and monk St John of the Cross. They will also perform three short religious pieces by leading Australian choral composer David Basden.

While much of the music in this concert is a celebration of Christ’s gifts through crucifixion, Le Cri Des Bergers (The cry of the shepherds) by Catalan composer Bernat Vivancos is a work about loneliness, anguish and suffering that fully exploits the exceptional acoustics of St Augustine’s Church, and O Vos Omnes (O ye people) by Spanish composer Pablo Casals touches on Christ’s own suffering. The female voices of Coro Austral will perform Vivancos’ ethereal setting of Schubert’s Ave Maria with the church’s superb William Hill organ located in the gallery high above the audience. In this concert, both works by Bernat Vivancos will receive their Australian Premiere performances.


David Basden - Christ has no body now on earth but yours
David Basden - Pater Noster
David Basden - Que el Señor te bendiga y te proteja
Clare Maclean - Aunque es de noche
Bernat Vivancos - Ave Maria [Women + solo + organ] – Australian premier
Bernat Vivancos - Le Cri des Bergers - Australian Premier
Tomas Luis de Victoria - Missa: Ascendens Christus in Altum - Motet and Mass 
Pablo Casals - O vos omnes

Featured non-Australian music: Barnat Vivancos, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Pablo Casals

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0499 982 020 or by email to rachelknowles@bluepost.caom.au

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