Vocalist showcase at the heart of the Macedon Ranges
Gen Xers know that no exploration of the depths of sorrow and darkness is complete without Nick Cave – and indeed his music will feature in one of the showcase concerts at this year’s Woodend Winter Arts Festival, with vocal talent in the spotlight at several concerts in 2019.
The Nick Cave number will of course, be in the concert How to Disappear Completely: Songs of Love & Loss performed by soprano Cristina Russo and pianist Konrad Olszewski. Together they will travel through musical time to explore the nature of yearning and sorrow drawing the lessons from sources as diverse as Alessandro Scarlatti, Luciano Berio, Stefano Landi, Nina Simone, Henry Purcell, the poetry of the great Michelangelo, Jeff Buckley and finally Nick Cave.
If one vocalist is not enough, then perhaps two will do? The Salley Gardens concert will feature tenor Christopher Watson, a former member of the Tallis Scholars, now Director of Music at Trinity College, and baritone Michael Leighton Jones, founder member of The Scholars and former Director of Music at Trinity College, with John O’Donnell at the piano.
If only an ensemble will impress you, then the ever-popular Ensemble Gombert are back in 2019. The sacred works of Mozart and Haydn have been among the most popular items in the Festival program over the past decade and a half and so the 2019 would be remiss without this uplifting concert featuring Ensemble Gombert and Accademia Arcadia. Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Dominica, Haydn Theresienmesse features Mozart’s Dominica vespers which were written for general use on Sundays at Salzburg Cathedral, and Haydn’s Theresa Mass created for the Esterházy court. The Mass takes its name from Maria Theresa of the Two Sicilies, empress consort of the last Holy Roman Emperor, Francis II.
*The Salley Gardens (7.30pm, Saturday 8 June), Songs of Love and Loss (3.30pm Sunday 9 and Monday 10 June), Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Dominica, Haydn Theresienmesse (3.30pm, Saturday 8 June and 7.30pm, Sunday 9 June).
The Woodend Winter Arts Festival is held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend 7 - 10 June, with free Fireworks on opening night (7 June) at Buffalo Stadium in Woodend. Full details of the Festival program, and ticket purchases are available at www.woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au
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