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The Opera House in the 1870s.


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Ancient & Modern

Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong

Academy Singers will present a concert of choral works spanning five centuries, treating the audience to a musical feast of composers past and present.

One of the living composers, Lorenz Maierhofer, said choral singing should move people, tell stories and be exciting. This applies to music that came out of the church five hundred years ago as much as it does to compositions of the 21st Century.

Musical Director, Paul Terracini, has chosen songs that range from Thomas Tallis (sung at high church papal visits and royal weddings) to African-American spirituals born out of grassroots slavery. There is also the soulful Panis Angelicus by César Franck, made popular by each of the Three Tenors, the teenage Charlotte Church and many others, since it was written 150 years ago. 

The modern selections could be classified as music for humanity. The two Tangos in the program are light and airy and have universal appeal across the world for choirs and audiences of all ages. Closer to home Across the Dark is a collection of four songs by Sydney composer, Ben van Tiernan, to texts by Michael Leunig, which contains biting commentary on the state of Australian society, the environmental state of the earth, and the existential loneliness of the human race.

The choir will be accompanied by Gavin Tipping, founder of Academy Singers, now Director of Music and Organist at All Saints’ Cathedral in Bathurst.

When: Saturday 6th October, 3.00pm

Where: Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong

Tickets available at the door, or book online

$25 Adults, $20 Concession, $5 Children

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