Upcoming Performances

Americans in Paris
Saturday 24 February, 2pm, St. Andrew's Anglican Church, BRAIDWOOD
Sunday 25 February, 6pm, Drill Hall Gallery, CANBERRA

Widely regarded as one of the greatest pedagogues of the 20th century, Nadia Boulanger had composers from all over the world flock to her Parisian studio for tuition, particularly those from North America. Through a rigorous program of counterpoint, harmony, musical analysis, and sightreading tailored to each student, the Mademoiselle (as she liked to be known) sought to help them find their unique musical voice.

In this program, Luminescence showcases the works of her American students through different periods of her life, from her earliest American students in Aaron Copland and Elliott Carter through to those such as Phillip Glass who came to her towards the end of her life. There is an Australian connection in the composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, who became an American citizen after emigrating to the US with Mlle Boulanger's help.Mlle. Boulanger herself was a composer who stopped composing after the death of her younger sister Lili.

CutCommon subscriber discounts will apply to this performance.


Lights on Luminescence
9-10 March, National Portrait Gallery, CANBERRA
7:30pm,  8:15pm and 9:00pm

Presented by the Canberra International Music Festival, in association with the National Portrait Gallery, Luminescence Chamber Singers fills the Gordon Darling Hall with glorious sounds, underpinned by the cool vibes of DJ Mr. Michael.

Israel in Egypt - Canberra International Music Festival
Monday 30 April, 6.30pm, Fitters' Workshop

"Handel understands effect better than any of us; when he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt." - W.A. Mozart.

From the plagues of Egypt to the parting of the Red Sea, Israel in Egypt counts amongst Handel’s most glorious and colourful achievements. Second only in popularity to Messiah, the work has grandeur and epic scale. Sumptuously laid out for double chorus and featuring intricate instrumental writing, nothing stands in the way of the composer’s imagination. Flies, frogs, locusts, horses and riders, hailstones, the parting of the sea – everything contributes to the story of the people of Israel returning to their homeland.


G.F. Handel (1685-1756): Israel in Egypt HWV 54
Oratorio in two parts (1756 version)
Libretto by Charles Jennens based on the Book of Exodus


Requiem - Canberra International Music Festival
Tuesday 1 May, 10am, 11.30am, Australian War Memorial

The worldwide conflict 1914-1918 and the unprecedented losses on the Western front changed the course of history. In this this musical commemoration in the Hall of Remembrance, Luminescence joins William Barton and members of the Pietra and Orava quartets to reflect on some of the heart-breaking words written or voiced at the time.

PROGRAM to include:

William Barton (b. 1981): Elegy
Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014): Threnody for cello solo
Eleanor Daley (b. 1955): “In Flanders Fields” on words by John McCrae (1915)
Gordon Hamilton (b. 1982): “Dark Hour” on words by Billy Hughes (1916)
Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916): Elegy in Memoriam Rupert Brooke (1915)

Ulysses Now - Canberra International Music Festival
Wednesday 2 May, 6.30pm, Fitters' Workshop

The Greek Homeric epic the Odyssey, written ca. 800 BCE, remains one of the seminal works of Western civilisation. In this tale of agonising struggle and hair-raising adventure, the hero’s journey covers ten years at sea at the mercy of gods, men and monsters, before peace and domestic bliss are finally regained. Monteverdi drew on the second part of Homer’s epic for the first of his Venetian operas: Ulysses’ efforts to defeat the suitors of his wife Penelope.

The first part of the Odyssey has gained new and tragic relevance in recent years in light of the plight of refugees around the globe today.


Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Scenes from Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria (1640)
Alex Pozniak (b. 1982): In Search of Asylum for piano quartet
Mary Finsterer (b. 1962): Angelus for clarinet trio
Robert Davidson (b. 1965) and Stephanie Arnold: Across the Water (2016)


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