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Schultz’s opera The Children’s Bach in Canberra

Canberra International Music Festival will present Andrew Schultz’s two act chamber opera, The Children’s Bach, opus 74 (2008) in a concert performance at 7:30pm on Friday, May 10, 2019. In the days after the performance they will also be recording the work for CD release.

Genevieve Jacobs is in conversation with Helen Garner and Andrew Schultz at a special breakfast event at the National Library of Australia, on Saturday May 11.

The Children’s Bach is an opera by Andrew Schultz in two acts commissioned by ChamberMade Opera with the aid of a Project Fellowship from the Music Board, Australia Council and The RE Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards. The work has a libretto by Glenn Perry after the novel of the same name by Helen Garner. The work is set in inner suburban Melbourne in the 1980s and is about 80 minutes duration with a cast of seven including a teenage girl (Poppy) and a ten-year old autistic boy (Billy). The cast is accompanied by an instrumental ensemble of clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, percussion and piano; there is also an on-stage piano that is played by most of the opera’s characters but especially Billy. The work had its first season with ChamberMade Opera in Melbourne in June-July 2008 in a production directed by Chris Kohn and conducted by Brett Kelly and Nicholas Carter.

The opera concerns, Athena and Dexter, “who lead an enclosed family life in Melbourne, innocent of fashion and bound by duty towards an autistic child, Billy. Their comfortable rut is disrupted by the arrival of Elizabeth, a tough nut from Dexter’s past. With her sister (Vicki), fickle boyfriend (Philip) and his smart teenage daughter (Poppy), she draws the couple out into a world whose casual egotism and sexuality they had barely dreamed of. Can they get home again?” (Helen Garner, The Children’s Bach, Penguin Books, 1999.)

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“Schultz and Perry’s opera faithfully recreates the novel’s inner- suburban world and its central romantic collision. The score plays on the book’s musical references while remaining utterly original. It employs everything from jazz-inspired riffs to fugal structure to accompany the progression of romantic entanglements. A wild arrangement for marimba evokes the disorienting jungle of Billy’s mind. In a striking scene straight from the book, Elizabeth’s sister Vicki (Tess Duddy) sings the Skye Boat Song while Billy hums wordlessly along. And the novel’s conclusion is sung, effectively, as a rising, speculative duet…” [Cameron Woodhead, The Age, 23 June 2008]

Read more reviews of the work from earlier performances.


Full details of the concert and the talk below as posted on the CIMF website.

THE CHILDREN’S BACH

  • Fitters’ Workshop11 Wentworth AvenueKingston, ACT, 2604Australia (map)

CONCERT 17
PRESENTED BY THE SATURDAY PAPER WITH SUPPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

THE CHILDREN’S BACH BY HELEN GARNER

Helen Garner’s novella The Children’s Bach from 1984 has been described as one the most perfect short novels in the English language. By 2008 Andrew Schultz’ operatic transformation had turned the work into a gripping study of human and musical counterpoint. Central to the story is a young autistic boy whose rendition of Bach’s Polonaise for his eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann brings the piece to its cathartic conclusion.

PROGRAM

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The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner, opera by Andrew Schultz (b. 1960) on a libretto by Glen Perry

ARTISTS

Athena – Natalie Peluso, soprano
Dexter – David Greco, baritone
Billy – Michael Cherepinskiy
Poppy – Anna Khan
Elizabeth – Anna Fraser, mezzo soprano
Philip – Andrew Goodwin, tenor
Vicki/Angie/girl – Amy Moore, soprano

Jason Noble, Chris Latham, Blair Harris, Max McBride, Nicole Johnson, Edward Neeman, directed by Roland Peelman

ADULT $82, CONCESSION/MEMBER $72, UNDER-30 $30

This concert is generously supported by Gail Ford. Portrait of Helen Garner by Jenny Sages used with permission of the artist.


BACH FOR BREAKFAST #6

  • National Library of AustraliaParkes Pl WParkes, ACT, 2600Australia(map)

FESTIVAL EXTRA
PRESENTED WITH SUPPORT FROM THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Breakfast at National Library of Australia, followed by a performance and discussion.

8:30-9am – Breakfast

9-9:25am – Performance

J.S. Bach Cello suite nr 1 in G BWV 1007 Anton Baba, baroque cello

9:30-10:15am – Talk of town

Genevieve Jacobs in conversation with Helen Garner and Andrew Schultz.

ADULT $49, CONCESSION/MEMBER $45

 

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Andrew Schultz on Composition

Halcyon have released three videos on YouTube of Andrew Schultz discussing his work. In these interviews he discusses his approach to composing and creativity, expressing ideas and communication in music, and the importance and joy of working with words and text.

 


1. Creating the framework

 


2. Finding your voice

 


3. On setting text

 

 


 

Here is the Halcyon information on the project:

In this series we talk with composers about their craft, their process, their influences, and of course their approach to vocal writing. Built on long working relationships, the conversations have an ease of familiarity but also provide useful insights into each composer’s work, their relationship with Halcyon and the pieces that they have written for the ensemble.

 

Read more about the series here:

www.halcyon.org.au/in-conversation-with

Interviewer: Jenny Duck-Chong, artistic director of Halcyon

Video Production & Motion Graphics: Liz Duck-Chong

Produced by Halcyon and Liz Duck-Chong

In association with the Australian Music Centre

www.australianmusiccentre.com.au

www.andrewschultz.net

www.halcyon.org.au

Ekstasis and Wildflower new digital release

 

Sedition have released The Song Company’s exciting recordings of Andrew Schultz’s two works for vocal sextet: Ekstasis, op. 43 (1990) and Wildflower, op. 71 (2006). Both works were written for The Song Company and their Artistic Director at the time, Roland Peelman, who conducts the group in these recordings. The new release means that both works are now available for streaming as well as digital download. The recording is available from 11 January 2019 on all major download and streaming services including iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Shazam, Pandora etc etc…

 

 


“Ekstasis…here was originality indeed, with a multitude of anguished, increasingly urgent and complex sounds emerging from a silence that itself added a dimension, finally sinking into calm. This was ecstasy in a sensual, sexual sense, musically transcribed.”

[Sydney Morning Herald]

 

Ekstasis was composed in August 1990 for The Song Company and is a setting for six solo voices of a freely adapted passage from the conclusion of The Song of Songs. The eight lines used are erotic love poetry exploring the sensual territory at the border of love and pain, obsessive lust and spiritual transcendence:

Set me like a seal on your heart,

Like a seal on your arm.

For love is strong as death,

Jealousy relentless as pain.

The flash of it is a flash of fire,

a flame of life itself.

Love no flood can drench

no torrents drown.

Yet whilst the text is direct and passionate it also has a classical and simple shape, as if the strength of meaning demands a balancing formality of expression.

In Ekstasis, the text is used over and over as if all aspects of its meaning are being explored and implying an overtly erotic dramatic shape for the music’s form. In the course of the work, the words are varied slightly but continuously so that the first lines lose their purity and become almost desperate:

Set me like a scar on your soul,

Like a brand on your body.

For love is strong as death,

Time certain as pain.

The music of the piece stems from a few simple sources: a single chord that forms up slowly over a protracted period, sighing glissandi, rapturous moans and calling melodies and a duet refrain that is continuously varied. The work contrasts different possibilities of texture beginning with a solo, then a duet and so on till all six voices are heard. Finally, it closes with a still section – a state of displacement or trance, the literal meanings of the Greek word ekstasis.


“Wildflower … an immensely moving setting.”

[Sydney Morning Herald]

 

Wild flower was commissioned by a Song Company subscriber as a gift for his seriously ill partner on a text he selected for performance by The Song Company. The work was composed in September 2006 and draws its text from the Old Testament prophet, Ezekiel.

 

At birth, the very day you were born,

There was no one to cut your cord,

Or wash you in clean water,

Or rub you with salt,

Or wrap you in cloth.

No one leaned kindly over you to do anything like that for you.

You were left in the open fields;

You were as unloved as that on the day you were born.

I saw you struggling in your blood as I was passing,

And I said to you as you lay in your blood:

Live,

Live in your blood,

And grow like a wild flower,

Grow like the grass of the fields.

 

Adapted from Ezekiel 16: 4-7, The Jerusalem Bible by the composer.


 

Title Ekstasis / Wildflower
Artist The Song Company
UPC 5054526051805
Label SEDITION
Release Date 11 Jan 2019
Phonographic Date 2018
Phonographic Owner SEDITION
No. Tracks 2
Genres Classical & Vocal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Century CD Release on ABC Classics

Andrew Schultz: Century

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra | Hamish McKeich conductor

ABC Classics and the TSO announce the latest in their acclaimed Australian Composer Series.

The latest release in the Australian Composer Series features orchestral works by Andrew Schultz: his Symphony No. 3 Century, as well as the works Peace and August Offensive.

Century was commissioned for the celebrations surrounding the centenary of Australia’s national capital, Canberra, in March 2013, and premiered in front of an audience of 150,000 people. Chris Wallace of the Canberra Times wrote, “Century is excellent. It is epic. It is powerful and beautiful.” The work speaks to the fascinating history of our purpose built ‘bush capital’, and the struggle between idealism and practicality that was inherent in its construction. It sounds instantly Australian, celebrating the abundance of our natural environment while also warning of its intensity and brutality.

Peace was written in 2013 for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and takes its name from one of JMW Turner’s best-known paintings, Peace – Burial at Sea(1842). This is not a peace of tranquillity, however – rather the uneasy peace that forms after a period of violence and conflict. August Offensive, by contrast, is a very fast, virtuosic and violent work which was premiered at the ANZAC Day dawn service at Gallipoli on 25 April 2013. Commissioned for the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs, it commemorates the horrendous battles in August 1915 which saw some of the most deadly fighting of the entire campaign.

Born in Adelaide in 1960, Andrew Schultz grew up in regional New South Wales and Victoria before his family moved to Brisbane, where he completed his secondary schooling. His teachers and mentors included Colin Brumby, George Crumb, David Lumsdaine and Luciano Berio and he studied at the Universities of Queensland, Pennsylvania and King’s College London. Currently Professor of Music at UNSW in Sydney, his music has been performed, recorded and broadcast widely by many leading groups and orchestras.

Available 16 November 2018 | Digital album | ABC0028948177516

 

TRACKLISTING

ANDREW SCHULTZ born 1960

Symphony No. 3 ‘Century’, Op. 91

1     I. Struggle

2     II. Dream

3     III. Create

4     Peace, Op. 93

5     August Offensive, Op. 92

 

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Hamish McKeich conductor

 

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Australian Composer series
is one of the most important recording projects in the history of Australian music,
making available the orchestral works of a wide range of Australian composers,
performed by one of the world’s finest small orchestras.
 

Available 16 November 2018 | Digital album | ABC0028948177516

 

 

LINK TO OBTAIN OR LISTEN TO THE NEW CD:

https://abcmusic.lnk.to/SchultzCentury

 

 

‘Thunderous and frightening’ Harmonia Belli by Andrew Schultz in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra

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The Diggers’ Requiem Brass – Melbourne

  • St Paul’s Cathedral, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)
  • FREE CONCERT

 


The Diggers’ Requiem Brass – Sydney

  • Pitt St Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia(map)
  • FREE CONCERT

JOINTLY COMMISSIONED BY THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS.

FREE PREVIEW

Diggers Requiem Brass brings you the spirit of the upcoming Diggers Requiem in a FREE concert not to be missed, commemorating the end of WWI.

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The Diggers’ Requiem represents – in 12 movements – the battles of Fromelles, Pozières, Bapaume, Bullecourt, Villers-Bretonneux, Hamel, Amiens, Péronne and Mont Saint-Quentin, Bellenglise, Montbrehain, Ypres and Passchendaele in Belgium. It refers to death of the Red Baron and the charge of Beersheba in Palestine, which was the last great charge of cavalry. 62,000 bells representing each Australian who died are incorporated into the last movement, Lux Aeterna.

The different movements were written by some of the greatest Australian contemporary composers, as well as the recently discovered Frederick Septimus Kelly, who died at Beaumon-Hamel in 1916. His Lament of the Somme, which evokes the Battle of Pozières, near Albert, was written just two weeks before his death. Elena Kats-Chernin, who finished writing her piece last year, will evoke the battle of Bullecourt in the Pas-de-Calais. Alex Lithgow who wrote the stirring Victoria March, which was played by the Australian Army as it marched into Bapaume in 1917, has his work incorporated into Nigel Westlake’s the Glass Soldier, a piece for trumpet and orchestra. A lone piper plays a lament by Pipe-Major John Grant in the last movement..

This extraordinary symphonic work was devised and curated by Christopher Latham, Artistic Director of the Flowers of War project, and the first musical artist-in-residence at the Australian War Memorial.

PREVIEW PROGRAM

  • GF Handel Dead March from Saul
  • FS Kelly The Somme Lament
  • Nigel Westlake / Alex Lithgow The Liberation of Bapaume
  • Elena Kats-Chernin LacrimosA
  • Richard Mills The Charge at Beersheba
  • Elena Kats-Chernin The Silent Field  
  • Nigel Westlake I Was Blinded, But Now I See
  • Andrew Schultz Harmonia Belli
  • Graeme Koehne  Pie Jesu
  • John Grant Lament for the Pipers Who Fell in the Great War
  • Ross Edwards Lux Aeterna – In Paradisum
  • Christopher Latham Prayer for Peace – Pie Jesu II

PERFORMERS

Paul Goodchild trumpet (AUS), David Novak accordion (Slovenia), Simone Riksman soprano (Holland), Christina Wilson mezzo (AUS), Andrew Goodwintenor (AUS), David Hidden baritone, Jason Craig bagpipes (AUS). Directed by Christopher Latham.

TICKETS – Free concert

 


The Diggers’ Requiem – Canberra

  • Choir and Orchestra – Australian Premiere

 

 


PS.

You can listen to the recording made in Canberra at this URL:

http://www.abc.net.au/classic/evenings/the-diggers-requiem/10317420


PPS.

Read a review:

“Within the 90-minute structure, performed continuously without intermission, there were some memorable highlights. Simone Ricksman’s glorious singing of Graeme Koehne’s Pie Jesu moved many to tears. In his Sanctus movement depicting the demise of the Red Baron, Nigel Westlake had the genesis of a cello concerto, which was handsomely delivered by Simon Cobcroft, principal of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Andrew Schultz’s homage to General Monash and the AIF, Harmonia Belli, was a thunderous and frightening evocation of the actual percussion of battle, on the ground and in the air.”

https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/reviews/the-diggers-requiem-the-flowers-of-war/

Ghosts of Reason on new CD

Andrew Schultz’s Ghosts of Reason – Symphony No 2, op 76 (2008) has just been pre-released on a compact disc and in digital on-line format. The Naxos-distributed Navona CD is called Reason and Reverence  and is performed by the Czech orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic, conducted by Petr Vronsky.  More details of the recording at this link.
Links for purchase or listening online:

A recent review of Ghosts of Reason from Denmark:

“The symphony starts with the delicate sounds of a harp like the gentle swaying of grass in the breeze. The breeze intensifies and so do the tones of the harp to a degree that is almost surprising. The brass instruments have joined in although only the harp seems to be noticed. More and more instruments join in and divinely beautiful harmonies fill the room. There is somehow something unknown about it. The violins are not playing the melody. It is the usually accompanying instruments changing roles and taking over the lead. The tempo increases, but suddenly a strange kind of calm descends over the audience. How can it be that the violins continue playing? And yet, all light tones seem to have suddenly disappeared. The double bass has taken control of the orchestra! “I would like to be able to convey the scorched, rich ochre sonority found in the voices of Aborigines”, says Andrew Schultz about his work. He has definitely succeeded in doing so. We, the audience, are spell-bound by this music that takes us on a tour through the desert with whispering wind, through rich and fertile areas with birds flapping their wings, to the coast and the roar of the ocean.

Andrew Schultz’ music is filled with emotions and unexpected sounds. The overwhelming warmth of the music becomes even more striking when you have experienced the intellectual character of the composer. These are sounds that open up for his true self, showing his inner self, so warm and sympathetic. Andrew Schultz’ music touches the soul and speaks to the mind.” [Michael Schäfer, Klassisk Pt 66]


 Naxos information page to purchase the CD

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REASON & REVERENCE


PRE-ORDER + ADD TO WISH LIST + $13.49 ($14.99)

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Reason and Reverance represents an aural exploration of our world’s complexities. By comparing and contrasting present triumphs with past regrets, the composers on this album develop a compelling, philosophical reflection of the world we live in. Conducted by Petr Vronský, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra delivers a master class in cohesiveness while tackling a wildly diverse, yet wholly complete set of compositions. The album starts strong with Christopher Keyes’ An Inescapable Entanglement. Keyes binds minimalist elements with late 16th and early 17th century forms of concerto to create a controlled chaos of instruments and voices playing distinct parts simultaneously. In his intent to create an antiphonal sound, Keyes employs eight loudspeakers to project the music achieving a thickened, full texture. Red Rock is a symphonic poem commissioned by the Henderson Symphony and its music director, Taras Krysa. The music is based on the interaction of two musical materials, the first, calm and diatonic, presented by the French horns after the introduction and elaborated by the trumpets and the woodwinds; and the second, more angular and chromatic, also introduced by a solo French horn in the second section. Similar to a sonata form, these materials go through transformations and developments in the middle section, and return evolved and reconciled at the end of the movement. The piece suggests a gliding trip over the stunning landscape of the Red Rock canyon, with its sharp geological contrasts, its ever changing shapes, and its surprising colors. Fernidnando De Sena’s Deciphered Reverence explores the idea of divine presence and creates an interpretation through the consistent, triumphant swelling of the orchestra. De Sena’s piece captures the many moods, modes, and colors in the music to translate his vision of life and celebrate its ambiguity and omnipresence. Composed by Willem Van Twillert, multiple styles set the foundation for Branches of Singularity. Multiple developments transitions from one style to another create an enticing and evolving piece. Andrew Schultz’ Symphony No. 2 – Ghosts of Reason ties the whole album together. Slowing the pace of the otherwise energetic album, Schultz’s composition paints a haunting atmosphere by drawing out the wistful bleakness of its wandering melodies.

 

FACTS
Item number NV6166
Barcode 896931004664
Release date 6/8/2018
Category Orchestral
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1

CD release – Chamber Songs of Andrew Schultz

HALCYON ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

CD release – Chamber Songs of Andrew Schultz

Halcyon’s new CD This Moment Must Be Sung will be released by Tall Poppies on May 1. The CD showcases recent vocal works by Andrew Schultz and features three substantial song cycles:

To the Evening Star (winner of the 2009 Paul Lowin Song Cycle prize) for soprano and piano
I am writing in this book for soprano, mezzo-soprano, cello, double bass, percussion, harp and piano
Paradise for soprano, cello and piano (runner-up in the 2016 Lowin prize);

and three shorter works:

Lake Moonrise for mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet, cello and percussion (from our Kingfisher project)
I am Black for soprano and piano
Dark Chair for soprano, mezzo-soprano, clarinet, double bass and percussion

You can read program notes for the pieces here and reviews of some of the works here

Andrew’s music has featured in many Halcyon programs over the years and we have great memories of developing I am writing in this book at the Musician’s Cottage during a Bundanon residency with him in 2011 as he got to know our us and our voices even better in that beautiful natural surrounding amidst the wombats, birds and occasional cattle.

Special pre-release offer
Purchase the CD by direct deposit from Tall Poppies before the 1 May and you’ll pay only $23 for the CD (postage included).  Just send your name, postal address and banking receipt to tpoffice@iinet.net.au.

Direct payment details
TALL POPPIES
BSB 062734
a/c: 2812 1448

 

Barren Grounds digital release

Having been swamped with requests to not discontinue this blog we will relent and keep putting news here as well as on the main website: www.andrewschultz.net

 

 

Sedition has released a digital version of the Perihelion recording of Andrew Schultz’s Barren Grounds, opus 36 (1988) and it is now available on all digital music store websites including iTunes and online streaming networks including Spotify. The performers who were in Perihelion for this recording were Nigel Sabin, clarinet; Patricia Pollett, viola; Gwyn Roberts, cello; and Colin Spiers, piano. Cover art is by Nicole Saintilan. Catalogue number is Sedition9.

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Barren Grounds, opus 36 (1988)

1. . . . this ground
2. The Twittering Machine

South of Sydney, on the Illawarra escarpment overlooking the sea, Barren Grounds is a wilderness reserve and bird breeding area. With a strange and otherworldly landscape – stunted growth and marshy ground – the place feels still, yet the strange, eerie surface conceals a fecund underlife. For me, the place occupies a state of mind; this, rather than any programmatic intention, prompted the title.

Movement 1, is a slow, lyrical and sinewy reworking of a vocal piece, Seafarer, whose final line: “And learn to sleep upon this ground”, with its reference to mortality, suggested the passacaglia form used.

Paul Klee’s ornithological automaton painting, The Twittering Machine, gives Movement 2 its inspiration. The musical intention at times resembles an ungainly machine that keeps running awry and needs to be wound-up again. Spinning out rhythmic fragments and employing mosaic technique are recurrent preoccupations.

Barren Grounds is scored for for clarinet, viola, ‘cello and piano and was the inaugural work commissioned by Perihelion (an ensemble resident at the University of Queensland). Itwas composed with financial assistance from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.

© Andrew Schultz, 1988

 

 

 

The last post

 

This blog/website for news about Andrew Schultz’s music is saying (well, virtually saying) ‘so long and thanks for all the fish‘ because all of the news functions are now located in the main website: www.andrewschultz.net

www.andrewschultz.net has just had a complete redesign and now has many more functions, useful links and a greatly enlarged content so please check it out. The new website was designed by Marco Gatta at Technique Interactive.

So this blog won’t be updated any further and at some point it will go to the great digital graveyard in the cloud.

 

PS … And whilst you’re still here, there is a final piece of news: Sydney clarinettist extraordinaire, Jason Noble, has released a new CD of clarinet music including Night Birds for solo clarinet by Andrew Schultz.  The CD is called Chi’s Cakewalk and is available online from iTunes etc and from music stores as a CD; here is a link with more information, details and excerpts.

 

PPS … Will there be, I hear you ask (well, virtually hear you ask), any record left of anything from this era in history if it’s all destined to be digital ephemera????

Thank goodness we still have landfill for future archaeologists to dig around in.

 

 

 

 

Schultz and Firth’s Southern Cantata premieres in Melbourne

The moon drowned in the ocean,
A silver coin.
Is water safer than land?

The towering waters fall, the dinghy floods,
We swallow salt, we swallow blood.

A star arises in the morning,
A deep grey sky, and pre-dawn calm.

The wind calls. A child’s voice.
The waves on the wet sand found him
After the storm.

[Katherine Firth, “The Moon Drowned,” Movement 3 from Southern Cantata, 2017.]

 

Southern Cantata, a new advent cantata commissioned by St Johns Southgate, Melbourne to celebrate their Bach Cantata Program’s 20th birthday will have its premiere on Sunday 3 December 2017, at  9am.

The work is scored for for choir, 2 soloists and period instrument orchestra (strings, trumpet, timpani, theorbo, harpsichord and organ) composed by Andrew Schultz to a libretto by Katherine Firth.

Kate Macfarlane (soprano), Robert Macfarlane (tenor).

St Johns Southgate

20 City Road

Southbank 3006

Telephone (03) 9682 4995

http://www.stjohnssouthgate.com.au

Director of Music: Graham Lieschke

The Cantata performance will be preceded at 8:30am by a discussion of the new work with Katherine, Graham and Andrew.

 

For more information:

St Johns Southern Cantata Flyer*