We’re just one month away from our first concert of 2016—it’s incredible to think that this year is almost one third of the way done!
Our 2016 concert series encompasses a range of well-known masterworks as well as exciting discoveries, commencing in May with what we believe to be the Australian premiere of Franz von Suppé’s magnificent Italian-style Requiem.
Von Suppé is not a particularly familiar name to Australian audiences, however his finely crafted compositions, particularly the Requiem, deserve greater prominence on the concert stage.
Franz von Suppé was born in 1819 in the Kingdom of Dalmatia (now Croatia), which at that time was part of the Austrian empire. He spent much of his musical working life in Vienna, where he composed for the Theater in der Josefstadt, the Caritheater in Leopldstadt and the Theater an Wien.
Completed and first performed in Vienna in 1855, the Requiem in D minor marks a shift away from von Suppé’s more established oeuvre of overtures and light operettas (he composed in the vicinity of four dozen of them) into an intense, yet refined treatment of the liturgy.
We will be joined in our performance by four outstanding soloists, well known to our regular audiences: Sarah Toth (soprano), Anna Dowsley (alto), David Hamilton (tenor) and Adrian Tamburini (bass).
Please join us at the Great Hall, University of Sydney, at 3pm on Sunday 8 May for a wonderful afternoon of music.
Following our Mother’s Day performance of von Suppé’s Requiem, we will turn our attention to CPE Bach’s Magnificat and JD Heinichen’s Missa no 9, to feature at our winter concert on 21 August at 3pm. The year ends with Joseph Haydn’s celebrated Creation, to be performed on 4 December 2016 at 5pm. All three concerts will take place at the Great Hall, University of Sydney.
A special event for this year—and an optional inclusion in the annual subscription fee—is ‘Sydney Sings…Messiah’ at the Sydney Town Hall, on Sunday 13 November 2016 at 3pm. This will be the 4th time that we have staged this truly epic work in this format, and we are anticipating that interest from potential guest choir members and, ultimately, our enthusiastic audience, will equal (if not surpass) previous years.
The Sydney University Graduate Choir is committed to sharing the joy of music with our community, and ‘Sydney Sings…Messiah’ is an important way for us to reach out and involve everyone in a very exciting way.
Subscribe to our complete concert series for 2016
I hope you’ll consider subscribing to our complete concert series. As well as costs savings over the year, holding a subscription ticket means that you always have a seat reserved for you, as well as discounted program prices. And, for the first time we have included this ‘Sydney Sings’ concert as an option for subscribers—a bonus fourth concert, to be held in the spectacular Sydney Town Hall.
Our subscribers help us to continue to present music of a high standard with professional soloists and the splendid orchestral players you have experienced. A Graduate Choir subscription also makes an excellent gift for music lovers. Just fill in the form in the brochure (click on the image below) and return it to us.