This April, Queensland Symphony Orchestra invites you to join us for an evening of breathtaking choral music. There is nothing quite as spectacular as the moment when a choir bursts into song, and we know this concert will send shivers down your spine and leave you feeling elated. Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be joined by baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, soprano Morgan England-Jones and The Australian Voices for this special one-off performance.
Fauré’s sublime Requiem is a tender reflection on life after death. In contrast to other well-known requiems by Verdi or Brahms, Fauré’s work is considered optimistic, and he himself admitted: “I see death as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above.”
The piece begins with a hushed shimmer of voices that builds to the most breathtaking wall of sound. It is a sign of things to come, for throughout the work Fauré depicts both sorrow and awe in equal measure, the ethereal voices of the choir being used to convey a wave of emotion. It is as though you are transported somewhere between heaven and earth, momentarily suspended on the waves of song. A highlight of the work is the utterly spellbinding Pie Jesu, a contemplative melody where the soloist soars above gentle orchestral accompaniment. It really will take your breath away.
Another highlight of the concert is Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, a spectacular choral piece based on a poem by Nobel Prize winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz. Full of evocative textures and shimmering dynamics it depicts the contrasts of nature; one minute breathtakingly serene, the next overwhelmingly dramatic. We don’t want to give too much way, but the experience of a choir personifying a storm is spine-tingling stuff. Watch Eric Whitacre conduct this piece live in his TED talk here.
The concert also features Igor Stravinsky’s recently rediscovered Funeral Song and Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from his opera Peter Grimes. Like a postcard from the Suffolk coast, Britten’s depiction of its seasons and temperament is remarkable. As arts writer Ben Hogwood once said: “only a few seconds of music are required for the listener to be transported to the coastline and feel the spray on their face, the wind in their hair.”
We invite you to Let Yourself Go with the power of the human voice.
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