John McCaughey: Musical Director

Unsettled choir scores

A terrain of spoken and sung music 1930–2011

Ernst Toch, Charles Seeger, John J. Becker, Stefan Wolpe, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Johanna Beyer, Robert Erickson, Kenneth Gaburo, Pauline Oliveros, Milton Babbitt

The Astra Choir with soloists, electronics and instrumental ensemble conducted by John McCaughey

This concert of unusual and adventurous American choral works from nine decades initiates the Astra Choir’s third project of first-recordings with the New York label New World Records. Starting from Ernst Toch’s recently rediscovered speech choruses with pioneering electronic manipulation from 1930, the program sets out a landscape of heterogeneous materials - secular, religious, experimental, tonal, meditative, political – that have lain mostly neglected in the 20th-century artistic terrain.

Sunday 8 December, 5:00 pm

Good Shepherd Chapel
St Heliers St
Abbotsford VIC 3067

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Astra acknowledges...

Astra acknowledges...

... the support of Creative Victoria, The Robert Salzer Foundation, The Ian Potter Foundation, The William Angliss Charitable Fund, City of Melbourne Meat Market Studio Program, Diana Gibson and other generous individuals who believe in the work of Astra.

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Music always interacts with the architecture in which it is heard ...

Sound in Space documents with images and recordings how musical and architectural designs have formed an interactive partnership over three decades of Astra events.