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“I will be waiting here
For your silence to break
For your soul to shake
For your love to wake” – Rumi
Our Festival begins with a ceremony for our times, celebrating the intertwined nature of human histories.
Glorious and timeless offerings from Hallelujah Junction are interleaved between two central offerings – one specially commissioned by the Festival, the other a 20th Century masterpiece. The commission is a joyous homecoming, as local schoolchildren are joined by three wondrous singers (one Iranian, one Celtic, one Indigenous) and strings in My Mother’s Mother – a work that traces the migrations that brought each of us here to Australia. It also features a remarkable visual component created by Pia Johnson which is centred on the children and the stories and objects their families have shared.
The Masterpiece is Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen – one man’s outpouring of grief at the senseless destruction of Dresden. It stands here as a determination to never allow such follies to re-occur. Performed in its Septet version, it is followed by the beautiful benediction chorale from the end of Bach’s St John Passion.
*** PROGRAM CHANGE FROM BROCHURE ***
Palestrina Sicut Cervus
Tiba My Mother’s Mother (World Premiere*)
Victoria Agnus Dei from Missa O quam gloriosum
Tavener The Lamb
Bach Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein
*The commissioning of ‘My Mother’s Mother’ was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.