What better way to celebrate the Easter season than by attending Sydney Philharmonia Choirs performance of Mozart’s final work - Mozart Requiem and the Australian premier of Sir John Tavener’s It is Finished - featuring the hauntingly beautiful Song for Athene?
With a high profile line up including Helpmann Award winning soprano, Taryn Fiebig, and a stellar cast of soloists, get in now to secure a place at this exclusive, Opera House Performance on Saturday March 26. www.sydneyphilharmonia.com.au
Or if the sublime sounds of Monteverdi’s Missa In illo tempore interleaved with motets by William Byrd, Alice Chance, Nicolas Gombert, Elliott Gyger, William Mundy, along with The Song Company’s Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, appeals this Easter season make your way to St Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday March 30.
The Song Company’s In Tempore Paschali ‘Eastertide’ tour returns to the iconic Crypt at St Mary’s, moving through the stillness of the tomb to the Paschal light of Easter Day and beyond – with a procession of 16th- and 21st-century Latin motets from Byrd and Mundy to Elliott Gyger and Alice Chance.
Borrowing themes from Nicholas Gombert’s Lenten motet In illo tempore, and looking back to an earlier age of polyphony, Monteverdi’s Missa In illo tempore – written alongside the more famous Vespers of 1610 – demonstrates both six-part detail and a contrapuntal skill which the composer was keen to show off to a Roman and Papal audience.
The part-writing in Monteverdi’s Mass glows from beginning to end, and is one of the models for internationally-renowned new Artistic Director Antony Pitts’s motet Thou wast present as on this day, which celebrates and mourns the past, the present, and the unfathomable depths of eternity all at once.
For more concert series dates go to www.songcompany.com.au