Luminescence Chamber Singers

Upcoming Performances

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL PASSION

7pm, Sunday 18 April
All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie

7.30pm, Wednesday 21 April
Hume Conservatorium, Goulburn

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's 1845 tale, The Little Match Girl Passion tells the sad story of a girl who freezes to death, selling matches on the street on a cold winter's night. David Lang's musical realisation of this classic fable is a groundbreaking, genre-defining and Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Modelled on Bach's St Matthew Passion, Lang alternates between narrative and commentary, but as the composer himself put it, 'there is no Bach in this piece and there is no Jesus'. Rather, the tragic story of the little match girl is transformed into a moving reflection on suffering, poverty, and sacrifice - it is a passion for our times. Realised in delicate vocal lines that weave and unravel into moments of intimate homophony, The Little Match Girl Passion holds horror and hope in both hands.

Luminescence Chamber Singers perform the Little Match Girl Passion alongside renaissance polyphony for Passiontide, including music by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Pierre De la Rue, and Carlo Gesualdo.

 

PROGRAMME

Tomás Luis de Victoria, O Vos Omnes (1572)

Giovanni Battista Casali, Improperium expectavit (1715-1792)

Tomás Luis de Victoria, Animam Meam Dilectam (1585)

Pierre De la Rue, Miserere Mei (1545)

Carlo Gesualdo, O Vos Omnes (1603)

Handl - Ecce Quomodo Moritur Justus (1587)

David Lang, Little Match Girl Passion (2007)

CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: MOZART RECOMPOSED

Saturday 8 May, 6.30pm & 8.30pm
Fitter's Workshop, Printer's Way, Kingston

The composition of Mozart’s final work, a Requiem commissioned by a mystery guest, is the stuff of legend. Completed after his death, the score of the Requiem has remained dubious and controversial. Gordon Hamilton’s new version ‘Recomposed’ gives Mozart’s sketches the Max Richter treatment, throwing new contemporary light on this sacred classic score.

 

PROGRAM

Niccolo Paganini, Caprices for solo violin

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,Grand Caprice on Schubert’s Der Erlkonig

Gordon Hamilton/Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem Recomposed

ARTISTS

Kristian Winther,

Anna da Silva Chen, violin

Luminescence Chamber Singers

The Australian Voices

CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: FAR AND NEAR

Sunday 9 May, 12pm & 3pm
National Gallery of Australia

Luminescence Chamber Singers join The Australian Voices to perform a set of newly commissioned works, inspired by the dark days of COVID-19 when no one could physically sing together. The result is Far and Near, an interactive concert with new songs in a wild cacophony of styles and manners, from beat boxing to chanting, from scatting to singing - brought together for the first time at Canberra International Music Festival.

Composers include: Katie Noonan/Zach Hurren; Nico Muhly; Joe Chindamo; Lisa Young; Melody Eotvos; Christopher Sainsbury; Sally Whitwell; Jessica Wells; Lyle Chan; Jaret Choolun; Tom Thum; Margaret Tesch-Muller; Olivia Swift; Isabella Gerometta; John Rotar; Callum Kennedy; Alys Rayner; Audrey Ormella; Jamie Moffatt; Christina Mairs; Blake Petersen.

Directed by Gordon Hamilton.

FLOWERS OF WAR: VIETNAM REQUIEM

Sunday 6 June, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music

Created and directed by Chris Latham, Artist-in-Residence at the Australian War Memorial, the Flowers of War project brings together Australia’s leading composers and performing artists to create this memorable theatrical concert. The Requiem will be deeply moving as it retells our stories from both abroad and at home, on the 50th anniversary of our withdrawal. It is designed to help heal the great wound created by this war in response to extensive veteran and community consultation, deep listening and research. It will honour veterans' service and their families, and the price paid by all who were touched by this war, including South Vietnamese Veterans and Boat People. We believe it will honour their sacrifices.

The Requiem will tell the stories, through music and projected imagery, of Australian and New Zealand personnel on the battlefield; the affects of war on the civilian and military medical staff and entertainers who toured; the protest movement; journalists and photojournalists, and the South Vietnamese refugees who fled to freedom and endured a perilous journey to re-settle and become integrated into our culture.

The Vietnam Requiem was commissioned by the AWM and created by Australia’s leading composers Elena Kats-Chernin, Ross Edwards, Graeme Koehne, Andrew Schultz and others. It will be performed by Van-Anh Vo on Vietnamese instruments, William Barton on didjeridu, members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, military musicians and choirs, including Luminescence Children's Choir.

This concert is made possible through Flower of War, the Australian War Memorial, National Archives, Vietnam Veteran charities and Vietnamese community organisations.

WESLEY LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES

Wednesday 9 June, 12.40pm
Wesley Music Centre

AJ America in recital at Wesley Music Centre.

Details TBC.

SOLO SERIES: POPULARES CANCIONES

Date and details TBC

Folk song from Spain and the Americas, including Manuel Da Falla's Siete canciones populares españolas.
AJ America (mezzo-soprano), Minh Le Hoang (guitar)

LUMINESCENCE CHILDREN'S CHOIR HOLIDAY PROGRAM: OF MICE AND MOZART

Saturday 3 July, 2.30pm
Australian Centre of Christianity and Culture


Luminescence Children's Choir and singers from our winter holiday program perform Michael Gallina's Of Mice and Mozart, as well as a diverse range of choral music. 

The Luminescence Children's Choir holiday program is a 6 day project for singers aged 7 - 12. No audition is required. For information about singing with us in this project, please see our Children's Choir page or send us an email at lcc@luminescence.org.au.

 

SOLO SERIES: THE DESIRE FOR HERMITAGE
7pm, Saturday 21 August & 5.30pm Sunday 22 August
Drill Hall Gallery

Solitude and Silence. An exploration of the melancholy, creativity, and wild humour that arises from aloneness, through the lens of Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs and the music of 20th and 21st century composers.

Veronica Milroy (soprano), Ella Luhtasaari (piano)

SONGS OF INNOCENCE
3.30pm & 6pm, Sunday 19 September
Wesley Uniting Church

Luminescence Children's Choir and Canberra Sinfonia join forces to perform music about innocence, childhood, and simple joys.

Luminescence Children's Choir, Canberra Sinfonia, Philippa Clark (oboe), Alison Mountain (flute), AJ America (conductor), Leonard Weiss (conductor)

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AS A FLOWER UNFURLS
3.30pm, Saturday 25 September
Fitters' Workshop, Kingston

A daffodil emerges from beneath the frost. A bird sings. A flower unfurls.

The first signs of spring are symbols of hope and promise, renewal, rebirth, and the passage of time. From Renaissance polyphony to modern classics, Luminescence Chamber Singers celebrate spring, the blossoming flowers, and all that the season can mean to us.

SOLO SERIES: SONGS OF TRAVEL
5.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 3 October
Drill Hall Gallery

A selection of 20th Century English art song, including works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney, and Roger Quilter.

Dan Walker (tenor), Jem Harding (piano)

SOLO SERIES: AT THE STATUE OF VENUS
Saturday 30 October & 5.30pm Sunday 31 October
Drill Hall Gallery

Jake Heggie's one-woman, one-scene opera, At The Statue of Venus lays bare a relatable jumble of hope, uncertainty, and self-doubt as our protagonist Rose waits for her blind date. Performed by Rachel Mink (soprano) and Bradley Gilchrist (piano).

SOLO SERIES: DER DOPPELGÄNGER
Dates and venue details TBA

Bass Jack Stephens explores German Lied, and the unparalleled songs of Franz Schubert.

A LUMINOUS CHRISTMAS

17-18-19 December, 2021
Details TBC. 

Luminescence Chamber Singers and Children's Choir join forces with the Canberra International Music Festival to present three days of uplifting music for the holiday season, from rarely heard Renaissance gems to new arrangements of classic carols.

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Chloe Lankshear, Soprano (photography: Em Roberts)
Chloe Lankshear, Soprano (photography: Em Roberts)