“….no life, only struggle of released powers for renewed existence” (Friedrich Hebbel)
5 pm Sunday 8 December (Concert 7)
Sacred Heart Church
Corner Rathdowne & Pelham Sts, Carlton
György Ligeti, LUX AETERNA (1966) 16-voice choir
Dan Dediu, LUX AETERNA (1996) Concerto for mezzo-soprano and choir
Max Reger, HEBBEL REQUIEM (1914) for solo bass-baritone, choir and ensemble
and choral and instrumental works by Crawford-Seeger, Villa Lobos & Tallis
Dan Dediu’s Lux Aeterna from the years following the violent Romanian revolution creates a dramatic conflicted concerto for the remarkable mezzo-soprano voice of Elizabeth Campbell with the Astra choir – in contrast to the ethereal serenity of Ligeti’s famous setting 20 years earlier. It is joined by Max Reger’s final choral work from the cusp of World War I, a labyrinthine setting of Friedrich Hebbel’s dark poem. ... details
Bookings at http://www.trybooking.com/DYZP
'Music always interacts with the architecture in which it is heard, although classical music practice is sometimes slow to realize this. In Melbourne many of the best concert-spaces are buildings not built for that purpose – the splendid heritage of public and ecclesiastical constructions from the first 100 years of the city’s history, as well as industrial and more recent buildings.'
This site, a collaboration between Astra and Culture Victoria, uses images and recordings to document how musical and architectural designs have formed an interactive partnership over three decades of Astra events.
Astra's Concert Archive
Since 1978 when John McCaughey took over from George Logie-Smith as musical director of Astra, initiating Astra's second historical phase as a contemporary choral organisation, Astra has performed more than 1500 works by 475 composers in 292 concerts at 65 different venues.
Astra's Concert Archive lists all concerts from 1978 to 2012, including composers, works and performance details such as first performances. Some concert program notes are also available. You can also search the archive using the search box at the top of each page.