Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is the blockbuster of the choral repertoire. Its worldly – and occasionally naughty – texts were assembled by mediæval monks, but its flamboyant music is barely a century old. Right from the opening rousing chorus of “O Fortuna!” Carmina Burana will take you on an exhilarating and often visceral journey through the rhythms of life.
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs are also thrilled to present the premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Human Waves. With words by fellow-pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, it charts stories of struggle and success from the rich tapestry of Australia’s migrant history, finding inspiration in the diversity of cultures and traditions that make up our society.
Murrgumurrgu, by First Nations artist James Henry, takes its title from the Yuwaalaraay name for the ibis, which breeds on the Narran Lakes coming to Sydney to find food.
James HENRY Murrgumurrgu (Ibis)*†
Elena KATS‑CHERNIN Human Waves*†
Carl ORFF Carmina Burana
* World Premiere
† From 100 Minutes of New Australian Music Project
Brett Weymark conductor
Kanen Breen tenor
River City Voices
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra
Presented by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs