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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 and violinist Jack Liebeck, with a special guest appearance by the Moorambilla Voices’ MAXed OUT youth choir from regional NSW.

This soaring performance, combining the talent of two choral ensembles, will be a powerful and uplifting experience in the 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 and MAXed Out youth choir from Moorambilla Voices, this season’s only Utzon Music Series concert in the 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
Moorambilla Voices

Moorambilla Voices is a multi-arts organisation that works with children and youth of regional and remote NSW to co-create, perform and record original works that gather their core artistic inspiration from the region of New South Wales they call home.

Moorambilla draws on the cultural legacy and spirit of Country and is guided by Indigenous Elders, Linguists and Cultural Knowledge Holders to empower participants and audiences alike to walk together with inclusion and cultural respect. 

The MAXed OUT youth ensemble will perform alongside VOCES8 for a powerful night of choral music, performing works by Australian composers Andrew Howes, Kevin Barker and Josie Gibson.

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

VOCES8
Andrea Haines First soprano
MaryRuth Miller 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

Moorambilla
Sally Whitwell Pianist
Simone Slattery Violin
Emily Sheppard Violin
Katie Yap Viola
Anthony Albrecht Cello
Christina Leonard Saxophone

Other information

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