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Utzon Music 2024 VOCES8 with Jack Liebeck

23 June 2024

In the Concert Hall

Classical Music

Don’t miss world-renowned UK vocal ensemble VOCES8 with special guest violinist Jack Liebeck in a soaring performance inspired by birds and poetry in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

VOCES8’s gorgeous sound, impeccable ensemble and intense responsiveness to text, harmony and melodic shape is all of the highest quality. Hearing them sing is a joy.

BBC Music Magazine

Experience vocal music at its finest

Don’t miss vocal music at its finest when VOCES8 return to the Sydney Opera House with special guest violinist Jack Liebeck, this season’s only Utzon Music Series concert in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Named for Jake Runestedt’s haunting Let My Love Be Heard, VOCES8’s program explores themes of healing, solace and hope alongside the ensemble’s soaring jazz arrangements. Inspired by birds in music and poetry, the program includes Ralph Vaughan Williams’ famous orchestral work The Lark Ascending in a special arrangement for choir and violin, Caroline Shaw’s and the swallow with a violin part written by VOCES8 baritone Christopher Moore and the world premiere of Effortlessly by American composer Taylor Scott Davis. Following VOCES8’s recent work with Paul Simon on his Grammy-nominated 2023 album Seven Psalms, the program includes two of his classic songs alongside arrangements of music by George Gershwin, Ben Folds and Kate Rusby.

I'm thrilled to be back in Australia, now my second home, performing alongside my great musical friends and collaborators VOCES8. Performing with them in this unique programme on the legendary stage of Sydney Opera House will be something for me to savour for many years to come.

Jack Liebeck

Program

Let My Love Be Heard 
Orlando Gibbons O Clap your hands 
Melissa Dunphy Halcyon Days 
Jake Runestad Let My Love Be Heard 
Taylor Scott Davis Effortlessly 
Caroline Shaw and the swallow 
Ralph Vaughan Williams arr. Paul Drayton The Lark Ascending 

Interval 

Nat King Cole arr. Jim Clements Straighten Up and Fly Right 
Kate Rusby arr. Jim Clements Underneath the Stars 
Ben Folds arr. Clements The Luckiest 
Thomas Weelkes As Vesta Was from Lathmos Hill Descending 
Orlando di Lasso Dessus le Marché d’Arras 
Simon and Garfunkel arr. Alexander L’Estrange The Sound of Silence 
Paul Simon arr. Emily Dickens 59th Street Bridge Song 
Don McLean arr. Jim Clements Vincent 
Marvin Hamlisch & Carole Bayer-Sager arr. Jim Clements Nobody Does It Better 
George Gershwin arr. Jim Clements Slap That Bass

Artist Information

Andrea Haines First soprano
Molly Noon Second soprano
Katie Jeffries-Harris First alto
Barnaby Smith Second alto
Blake Morgan First tenor
Euan Williamson Second tenor
Chris Moore Baritone
Dominic Carver Bass
Jack Liebeck Guest violinist

Other information

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