1.  Christine McCombe (born 1967): Epic (Melbourne premiere, 2011)

The Australian Chamber Choir, directed by Douglas Lawrence. Live performance.

Excerpt from the full work, filmed at Our Lady of Mt Carmel in October, 2011 (3’55″)

How does this example relate to your project?
Epic was performed in Melbourne, Geelong, Albury, Wagga Wagga and Wangaratta in 2011.  This work’s composer, Christine McCombe is the ACC’s Composer in Residence for 2013.  The ACC has commissioned her to write a new work, entitled Lexicon of Dreams, which is the centrepiece of  the Bridge of Dreams touring program. For more about Christine McCombe, see 5.1 Promotional Pack – Biographies. For more about the touring program, see 5.2 Promotional Pack – Press Release.

 

2.  Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672): Saul (1650)

The Australian Chamber Choir, directed by Douglas Lawrence. Live performance.

Filmed at Our Lady of Mt Carmel in October, 2011 (3’30″)

Text:
Saul, why do you persecute me?
It will be hard for you to kick against the thorns.

How does this example relate to your project?
This work demonstrates the choir’s ability to sing in 16 parts, as they do in the Bridge of Dreams program in Robin Estrada’s Awit ni Solomon. As one journalist remarked “each singer can blend perfectly with the choral sound and also step forward as an impeccable soloist”  - Schwäbischer Zeiting (Click here to read the full review). This example also demonstrates the choir’s ability to deliver text in a foreign language; The Schumann works on the Bridge of Dreams program are sung in German, the Estrada is sung is Tagalog and other works in Latin. Hans Schroeder, the President of the Australian Bach Society recently complimented the choir on its “impeccable German” Click here for more reviews. This example, like the Byrd and Gesualdo works in the Bridge of Dreams program demonstrates complex 17th century polyphony. (more reviews) For more about the Bridge of Dreams program, see 5.2 Promotional Pack – Press Release.

 

3.  Moses Hogan (1957-2003): Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel? (c.2000)

The Australian Chamber Choir, directed by Douglas Lawrence. Live performance.

Filmed at Our Lady of Mt Carmel in October, 2011 (2’25″)

How does this example relate to your project?
Most of our concert programs end with one or two encores, usually at least one popular-style piece such as this one. Audiences often comment on the choir’s ability to sing convincingly across many different styles: “The two spirituals given as an encore were simply stunning” Mathias Nofzer, General Anzeiger, Bonn, July 11, 2009 (CLICK HERE to read the full review).

 

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