7 - 9 OCTOBER 2016

Opening Gala : For All Nations

Fri 8:00 PM

  • Artists

  • Members of the Australian Octet

    William Hennessy - Principal Violin

  • Hallelujah Junction

    Jonathan Grieves-Smith - Conductor

  • Tara Tiba


  • Taryn Fiebig


  • Jessica Hitchcock


  • Choirs of St Patrick’s & Consolidated Schools

    (Antonia Balmer, Lynda Beekhof Choir Directors)

  • Festival Strings

  • Pia Johnson

    Visual Artist


    Friday 13th October,
    8:00 PM


    80 minutes


    $47 / $38 (conc.)


    Southcombe Park Stadium

  • Proudly sponsored by

“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.



Palestrina Sicut Cervus

Tiba My Mother’s Mother (World Premiere*)

Victoria Agnus Dei from Missa O quam gloriosum

Tavener The Lamb

Strauss Metamorphosen

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.

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