Sydney University Graduate Choir Relives La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoch Concert Tile

The Sydney University Graduate Choir is delighted to present a performance of choral music of the  – the golden era of French creativity. The choir will be accompanied by a full orchestra and the organ of the Great Hall, Sydney University.

Works on this program will be the Requiem by Saint-Saëns, Franck’s Psalm 150, and the famous Pavane by Fauré, performed in a choral version created by the composer.

A highlight of the concert will be a performance of Démocratie by Christopher Bowen, OAM.

It was prescient for a 20-year-old poet from the 19th century to write a work that reflects the tensions and drama of our current world politics. Arthur Rimbaud’s prose-poem Démocratie is a powerful and imaginative setting for Australian composer, Christopher Bowen, to set to music. Christopher Bowen invites the listener into a world of witty satire and political provocation.

This performance marks Christopher Bowen’s 25th anniversary as Music Director of the Choir. The choir regularly commissions works by Mr Bowen, and is delighted to be able to bring his music to life in concert. In 2014, the Choir performed the world premiere of his powerful Australian War Requiem at the Sydney Town Hall. 

The program: Christopher Bowen – Démocratie/ Camille Saint-Saëns – Requiem/César Franck – Psalm 150/ Gabriel Fauré – Pavane.

The soloists: Elke Hook – Soprano/ Barbara Jin – Alto/ Andrew Goodwin -Tenor/ Simon Lobelson -Bass

Organist: Peter Kneeshaw

Tickets: $50 Adults/ $45 Full Pensioners (Not seniors cards)/ $25 Full time students and children under 16 years.

Bookings: Seymour Centre Box Office – ph 02 9351 7950 or click here 

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