John McCaughey: Musical Director

Choruses of Combat, Despair, Peace

with Piano works of Palestinian composers

A simple alternation between full chorus and solo piano works makes up the final Astra concert of the 2017 season.

Two major choral creations of the years before World War I – Max Reger’s Mein Odem ist schwach (My breath is weak) and Arnold Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) – challenged the boundaries of choral writing and expression, with settings of texts that likewise trace out situations in extremis – the desolation of Job, and the war-torn world forever surrounding the Christmas angelic refrain of peace. In each case, the music promises a more optmistic conclusion, in choral sound of virtuoso brilliance.
 
These two works are set into a broader landscape of more recent music from Australia, Romania and the Middle East. 

Sunday 3 December, 5:00 pm

Church of All Nations 
cnr. Palmerston & Drummond Streets 
Carlton

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