“Join the choir – see the world” could well be the answer to new year’s resolutions for nine Queensland Choir members who are flying to New York to take part in the Carnegie Hall premiere of a major new work by US composer Dan Forrest in February 2019.
The Queensland Choir contingent, from one of the State’s premier choirs, will join choristers from around the world in the performance of Forrest’s LUX: The Dawn From On High on February 18 in Carnegie Hall. Taking its title from the Latin word for “light”, LUX is Forrest’s third major work for chorus and orchestra and was written in 2018, inspired by the light in Reims Cathedral in France and at Poulnabrone Dolmen in Ireland, as well as a range of texts, from ancient liturgical chants to scripture and modern love poetry. The five-movement piece travels through time, from ancient prophecy to today and back again, or from day’s dawn to the sun’s zenith and sunset.
The New York-bound Queensland Choir members include New Farm locals Rosemary Graham and Marco Deininger, Brisbane city residents Susan Green and Elizabeth Wickham, southside singers Robyn Laurens (West End) and Jan McCreary (Yeronga), northside vocalists Jenny Gray (McDowall) and Deborah Thorsborne-Palmer (Alderley), and westside bass Tony Groom (Toowong). The performance will see them reunited with former Queensland Choir member Jennifer Young who now lives in the US.
The Queensland Choir’s musical director Kevin Power says Dan Forrest invited members of the choir to be part of the New York premiere, reflecting the range of musical talent in Brisbane and also Forrest’s high regard for the choir’s 2017 performance of his first major work, Requiem for the Living.
“The Queensland Choir members going to New York are paying their own way to be part of this international cultural event to perform this major new work by a contemporary composer in one of the world’s best known concert halls,” Mr Power says.
“Members of the Queensland Choir come from a diverse range of backgrounds, they all share a love of singing and the opportunity to join together to share great music, from musical hits and folk songs to classical masterpieces, with audiences at concerts throughout the year in Brisbane – and now around the world,” he says.
The Queensland Choir will shortly be auditioning for new members to join the Choir for its 2019 Brisbane season. “We have some fabulous music to present in 2019,” Mr Power said, “including works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert at St Stephen’s Cathedral in the city on May 10, Communique with DeepBlue Orchestra in July, Verdi’s Requiem at QPAC in July, Choral Classics in September, and the ever-popular Brisbane Sings Messiah in Brisbane City Hall on December 1.” Singers interested in auditioning for the Choir can find more information and enquiry form on the Choir website qldchoir.com/sing-with-us or by phoning 3895 8188.
“Studies have shown that singing in a choir can improve your health and happiness and it is also a great way to make friends with others who share a common interest. We are a friendly bunch at the Queensland Choir and always welcome new members, so why not make it your new year’s resolution to come along to one of our weekly practices held each Monday from February 11th in New Farm to see if you’d like to audition?” Mr Power added.
2019 Concert Program – Keep looking at our website for details qldchoir.com/events
- Beethoven’s Mass in C – 4MBS Concert Series – Cathedral of St Stephens Cathedral – May 2019
- Communique with the Deepblue Orchestra – July 2019
- Verdi Requiem – with the Brisbane Chorale and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra – Concert Hall QPAC – July 2019
- Choral Classics – Twelve Night Theatre – September 2019
- Brisbane Sings Messiah – Concert Hall – Brisbane City Hall – December 2019
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