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Voices Across The Pacific

13 July 2014

Venue: Concert Hall  View Seat Map
Presented by: Present Australia Pty Ltd

‘Voices Across the Pacific’ features Lauridsen’s sublime “Lux Aeterna” and Hopkins’ compelling “Honour the Earth”.

Description

‘Voices Across the Pacific’ features Lauridsen’s sublime “Lux Aeterna” and Hopkins’ compelling “Honour the Earth”. Choristers from the USA and Australia will combine to celebrate these pieces. Additionally the individual choirs and 3 exceptional soloists will present short pieces prior to combining as a festival choir of 200 fine voices.
‘Voices Across the Pacific’ features Lauridsen’s sublime “Lux Aeterna” and Hopkins’ compelling “Honour the Earth”. Choristers from the USA and Australia will combine to celebrate these pieces. Additionally the individual choirs and 3 exceptional soloists will present short pieces prior to combining as a festival choir of 200 fine voices.

Lux Aeterna – Morten Lauridsen
Composer Byron Adams describes Morten Lauridsen as “first and foremost a composer for the voice” with “the creation of beautiful melodic lines [as] one of his highest priorities.” This is clearly in evidence as we celebrate his love of the voice in the choral ensemble – arguably the setting for which he has received the richest and widest acclaim.

The five-movement Lux Aeterna was composed for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and their esteemed conductor Paul Salamunovich (1927-2014) while Dr. Lauridsen was their composer-in-residence. Since the work’s premiere in 1997, Lux Aeterna has been performed by countless choirs around the globe, including high schools, college choirs, church, and community choirs.

Honour the Earth – Sarah Hopkins
Honour the Earth is a song of grateful praise to Mother Earth and a plea for us all to honour her. It brings together many cultural influences from the “earth tribes” – Native American, African, Celtic, Aboriginal and Mongolian (overtone singing) as well as the music of nature herself – birdcalls and flowing streams. All the different chants and melodies within the piece literally “sang through” Sarah while she created this piece.

Artistic Director
Australian born conductor Heather J. Buchanan is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA, where she conducts the 170-voice Chorale, 60-voice University Singers, and 24-voice Vocal Accord. Choirs under her direction have won critical acclaim for their “heartfelt conviction,” “vibrant sound,” “eloquence”, and for singing with the “crispness and dexterity of a professional choir.” She has collaborated with a variety of renowned composers and artists including Meredith Monk, Mícheál ÓSúílleabháin, Tarik O’Regan, Sarah Hopkins, Chen Yi, members of the Vienna Philharmonic strings, and conductors Neeme Järvi, Jacques Lacombe, and John Maucceri with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO). Her masterwork performance collaborations with the NJSO include Mozart Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler Symphony No. 3, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and Howard Shore’s Academy Award winning score The Lord of the Rings Symphony. A champion of new music, Dr. Buchanan has conducted several significant world and regional premier performances including the new American symphonic oratorio Parables by Grammy Award winning composer Robert Aldridge.

Dr. Buchanan is a leading proponent of Body Mapping for conductors, singers and instrumentalists and will present a pre-concert talk on this emerging and vital field of study.

Participating choirs include:

USA
Montclair State University
Peninsula Musical Arts Association
North Harford High School

Australia
Canterbury College Cantabile Choir
Northern Territory Music School
Home Hill Choral Society
Ipswich Girl’s Grammar School

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