Two celebrated ensembles come together for a night of unrivalled virtuosity.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra is joined by the famed Estonian Philharmonic Choir in a celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Pärt directed by Richard Tognetti. Ethereal and otherworldly, this is stunning music by two towering composers searching for the very essence of human meaning.
Bach’s magnificent Lutheran motets are interwoven with Pärt’s mystical explorations of the Orthodox faith, before reaching the climax of the program – Pärt’s Berliner Messe.
Fellow Estonian Galina Grigorjeva’s In Paradisum, with its joyous call on the angels to lead souls into heaven, leads the program into paradise, while Peter Sculthorpe’s Djilile, inspired by Indigenous song, makes a resonant Australian introduction to Pärt’s luminous Messe.
ARVO PÄRT Da pacem Domine
BACH Komm, Jesu, komm
ARVO PÄRT Summa
BACH Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
ARVO PÄRT Toccata from Collage on B-A-C-H
BACH Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
BACH Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
GALINA GRIGORJEVA In Paradisum
PETER SCULTHORPE Djilile
ARVO PÄRT Berliner Messe
Presented in association with the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Image: Kaupo Kikkas
Premium Early Bird $131.4 / Concession $130
A Reserve Early Bird $119.7 / Concession $115 / Under 30 $49
B Reserve Early Bird $94.5 / Concession $90 / Under 30 $49 / Student $25
C Reserve Early Bird $59.4 / Concession $57 / Under 30 $49 / Student $25
D Reserve Under 30 $49 / Early Bird $44.1 / Student $25
Wheelchair Early Bird $49
Wed 13 Feb 2019, 7.30 PM
2hrs including interval
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (the EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. The choir was founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste, who went on to be its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor for 20 years. Between 2001–07, the English musician Paul Hillier took over and from 2008 to 2013 the choir was conducted by Daniel Reuss from the Netherlands. Since autumn of 2014, the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor has been a Latvian, Kaspars Putniņš. Every season the EPCC gives 60–70 concerts both in Estonia and abroad. Their repertoire extends from Gregorian chant and Baroque to the music of the 21st century, with a special focus on the works of Estonian composers Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigorjeva, Tõnu Kõrvits and others.
In addition to a cappella music, the programs feature major vocal-symphonic works by Bach, Händel, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Rachmaninov as well as opera productions. Concert tours have taken the EPCC everywhere in Europe, as well as to Australia, Mexico, China, South Korea, Japan, plus 15 times to the USA and Canada. The choir has been a welcome guest at outstanding music festivals and venues including the BBC Proms, Mozartwoche, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Festival Aix-en-Provence, the International Cervantino Festival, the Sydney Opera House, Wiener Konzerthaus, Versailles Opéra Royal, the Barbican Centre, the Esplanade in Singapore, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The EPCC has worked with many outstanding conductors including Claudio Abbado, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Olari Elts, Roland Böer, Frieder Bernius, Stephen Layton, Marc Minkowski, Sir Colin Davis, Paul McCreesh, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Gustavo Dudamel. AS well as working with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the EPCC has collaborated with internationally renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The choir has recorded music for labels such as ECM, Virgin Classics, Carus, Harmonia Mundi and Ondine, often resulting in award-winning CDs. They have won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance twice and have received 15 Grammy nominations and other awards including the Diapason d’Or, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Danish Music Award.
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