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Petra: Synergy and Vox


Petra: Synergy and Vox

  • Date: Sunday, 13 November 2016, 3pm
  • Venue: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta — Cnr Church St and Market St, Parramatta, NSW
  • Tickets: Adult: $65 | students and under 30s: $30 (plus booking fees)

Event Details

Luke Byrne Desert Sea
Iannis Xenakis Idmen A, Ohko
Eric Whitacre Sleep
Melody Eötvös A Strange Manuscript found in a Copper Cylinder (world premiere)
Dan Forrest Three Nocturnes

The name Petra belies the colossal, elemental and timeless nature of this program. There is a primal, ancient connection between voice and percussion, and in this hotly anticipated collaboration, VOX and Synergy deliver the full musical gamut, from the most melodic to the most rhythmic, from soothing “night” music to the musical equivalent of a titan battle-sequence.

The music of Greek composer Iannis Xenakis has achieved a cult status - almost a mythical aura about it - and his work for choir and percussion Idmen is a virtuosic and visceral tour de force for both ensembles. This is to the best of our knowledge the first time it has been presented in its entirety in Australia.

Dan Forrest’s elegant Three Nocturnes could not be more different, a balm for the soul, meditative, and ultimately uplifting.

A very special centrepiece to this concert is the premiere of a new work by Indiana-based Australian composer Melody Eötwös. Recipient of numerous awards, Melody’s ingenious music weaves colourful and playful webs of sound. Commissioned with the generous support of Silo collective, we can’t wait to hear what she magic she brings to our voices and instruments.

VOX is Sydney Philharmonia Choirs skilled young adult choir for singers aged 18-30. VOX performs exciting programs of classical, popular and contemporary works. Recent highlights have included Peer Gynt and the Lord of the Rings films with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Puncture with Legs on the Wall for Sydney Festival, Cog in the Machine with Aria award-winner, Sally Whitwell.

Synergy Percussion has the distinction of being Australia’s oldest and foremost contemporary music ensemble. A world of sound with percussion at its heart, the group celebrates 42 years of concerts, collaborations, recordings and commissions in 2016.

Prepare for a high-voltage concert full of energy and excitement.

Conductor: Elizabeth Scott

Choir: VOX

Featured non-Australian music: Xenakis, Whitacre, Dan Forrest

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 8274 6200
 or by email to enquiries@sydneyphilharmonia.com.au

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