Dolorosa/Gaude! : Astra Chamber Music
- Date: Sunday, 21 October 2012, 6pm
- Venue: St Mary Star of the Sea, West Melbourne — 33 Howard Street, West Melbourne, VIC
- Series: This event is part of the Melbourne Festival 2012 series
- Tickets: Full: $40 | Senior: $34 | Student: $25 | Concession: $20 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 136100
Melbourne’s Astra Choir takes choral sound on transformational pathways – from a key contemporary Romanian work, back into musical history and forward to electronic spectra from two of Australia's present-day sonic pioneers.
Performed at one of the city's architectural and acoustic marvels, St Mary Star of the Sea church in West Melbourne, Dolorosa/Gaude! represents two images of the traditional figure of Mary: the grieving victim of human conflict, as portrayed by Romanian Dan Dediu in a stunning harmonic pageant of the medieval poem Stabat mater dolorosa; and the joyful affirmation of Nature as ‘star of the sea’, as laid out in a choral tableau by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.
Australian composer Carl Vine places human singing and laughter in an endangered natural world in his Hebrew psalm setting for choir and organ. Recorder celebrity Genevieve Lacey joins the choir and computer-art composers Steve Stelios Adam and Michael Hewes in music, that moves between the ‘real’ and the transfigured.
Dolorosa/Gaude! is a pilgrimage through the worlds of the sacred, the ritualistic and the natural, in a spirit of sonic experiment and adventure.
Featured non-Australian music: Stravinsky, Verdi, Gesualdo, Gombert, Dan Dediu, Einojuhani Rautavaara
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website
Featured Australian Works
|They shall laugh and sing : a setting of Psalm 65 : arranged for chorus and organ (2008) by Carl Vine|
|An Imaginary Hymn by Michael Hewes — World premiere|
|Credo by Anthony Briggs|
|Et Døgn – One Day by Steve Stelios Adam|
|Waves by Steve Stelios Adam|
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