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Carl Vine - Wonders


Carl Vine - Wonders

  • Date: Thursday, 22 September 2016, 8pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Full: $109-$49 | Concession: $98-$44

Event Details

From Vivaldi to Britten, the sea has long inspired the imagination of composers. They have sought to capture in music not just its sounds, but its mystery, its capacity to excite us with its power, or to calm us with its tranquillity, or to awe us by its immensity.

A Sea Symphony was Vaughan Williams first Symphony for choir and orchestra and marked his emergence as one of the most distinctive musical personalities of the twentieth century.

The sound of the sea permeates the entire work from the sailors’ sea shanties “Song for all Seas, all Ships”, to the tranquillity of “On the beach at night, alone”, and the exulting dramatic waves in “The Waves”, and the words the choir sings are by the American poet Walt Whitman.

Thirty years earlier Wagner had his hero Siegfried leave his lover Brunnhilde and travel down the Rhine at dawn. Siegfried’s particular quest for adventure is depicted by Wagner in a thrilling instrumental interlude which not only describes his journey but also foretells his ultimate doom.

In this program, we premiere a choral commission Wonders by eminent Australian composer Carl Vine. The piece draws inspiration from another poem by Walt Whitman, Wonders.

The choir, who will number 400, will be joined by acclaimed soprano, Penelope Mills, one of Australia's finest baritone's, Chris Hillier and the talented Sydney Youth Orchestra. Prepare for a thrilling concert event!

Conductor: Brett Weymark
Soprano: Penelope Mills
Baritone: Chris Hillier
Choirs: Symphony Chorus, Festival Chorus
Orchestra: Sydney Youth Orchestra


Richard Wagner (1813-1883) - 'Siegfried's Rhine Journey' Götterdämmerung

Carl Vine (b. 1954) - Wonders (world premiere)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) - A Sea Symphony

Featured non-Australian music: Wagner, Vaughan Williams

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9251 3115 or by email to enquiries@sydneyphilharmonia.com.au

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