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Raised voices celebrate the discovery of Australia
You get just one chance to see this fabulous choir before they head overseas for their international tour. And it is this Sunday. If you miss it, you will have to wait till August when they return from their tour. The Australian Chamber Choir is presenting an innovative program that will raise the hair on your arms and your heart as it celebrates the discovery and exploration of Australia.
Australian Chamber Choir Celebrates Discovery of Australia
Conducted by Douglas Lawrence and composed by Tom Henry, this performance highlights the great discovery and exploration of our Southern Land. The program also commemorates Aboriginal Dreamtime as it "begins and ends with the words of the indigenous poet, Bill Neidjie.
Inspired by Bill Neidjie Australian Ingenious Icon
According to the innovators of this concert,
"Bill Neidjie, elder of the Gagudju clan of North Western Australia negotiator, peace-maker, last surviving speaker of the Gagudju language was keen to ensure that the rich history of his people would not be forgotten. He broke taboos by publishing some of their traditional stories or Dreaming in two volumes of poetry. The poems speak of a land of the imagination, timeless place where the spiritual world meets the physical. Some would say that all art comes from such a place:
This earth I never damage. I look after. This ground and this earth, like brother and mother."
This concert for the fist time in World history weaves both this indigenous mystery with the famous discoverers of our red earth.
These new compositions highlight the first meeting of Flemish explorer Dir Den Hartog on Australian shores. He was the true first discoverer of Australia in 1619, when he landed on Australia's western coast in 1619. At the same time, back in his home country, the Flemish composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelink wrote the "Hodie Chrisut natus" est to celebrate Christmas. This concert weaves these historical mysteries and magic together in a resounding musical feast for the ears. This idea has never been conceived before and rendered with such perfection by such talent.
According to the Australian Choir historical information, Matthew Flinders body was discovered this year in January during an archaeological dig under London's Euston Stations. Flinders died at the age of 40, the day after his book, A Voyage to Terra Australis was published in 1814. In the same year, Beethoven published his Abschiedsgesong (Farewell Song).
But not only Flinders is celebrated, so is Prussian Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, Composer Felix Mendelssohn, French cartographer Oronce Fine, Portuguese composer Vicente Lusitano. This is just a taste of the exquisite that is to follow. Our famous Captain James Cook is revered by a commissioned piece by Australian Poet Mark Trennik and Australian Composer, Alan Hollery called "Terra Australis". This is the centrepiece that worships the spirit of Australia.
This is a magical program bringing together famous international composers with Australian brilliance. It has been composed for the world by Australian greats and will be brought to life by the Australian Chamber Choir.
Celebrate Indigenous poetry woven with international composers
If you have never experienced the Australian Chamber Choir live then be prepared to have your breath taken away. They are sublime in their sound and purity. I am inspired and eager to hear them once again after their stellar performance at Easter of Bach's St John's Passion.
There is a single concert to being performed here in Melbourne before they go overseas to the clamouring world audiences who eagerly await them. It is this Sunday, June 16, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel 210 Richardson Street, Middle Park Victoria.
Then they head off to Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Paris, and London before they return to their home of birth, Australia. Then there are only three more concerts for you to be able to experience this once in a lifetime choral.
They will perform at:
Macedon 10 August at 3 pm, at the Church of Resurrection,
Geelong 11 August at 3 pm at the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels
Sydney 25 August at 3 pm at the Great Hall, Sydney University.
Personally, I think this is worth a trip to Paris, just to see and hear them surrounded by such a historical venue to celebrate Terra Australis and its beginnings.