★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2
“Powerful and immaculate”
– Limelight, 2023 –
A limited number of printed program books will be available for $10 each at the concert.
The Baroque era gave us splendid architecture and magnificent art. It also inspired glorious music that resonated under the gilded domes and painted ceilings of Italy’s great chapels, that echoed from balcony to balcony in St Mark’s, Venice.
We invite you to step back to this visionary age when music evoked powerful emotions with striking and dramatic musical imagery – even in church!
This transcendent program featuring our Chamber Singers and an ensemble of period instruments begins with Domenico Scarlatti’s intense, almost graphic setting of the Stabat Mater – inviting empathy with the very real grief of Mary at the foot of the cross. It’s followed by expressions of faith and joy, and a fervent mass setting by Monteverdi. Through it all you’ll hear the voices of the Chamber Singers, weaving together in 4, 8, 10 or more parts. A choir, yes, but also an ensemble of individual virtuosos working as equals-in-harmony as they move you to ecstasy, and tears, in this celebration of the Italian Baroque.
Friday 16 August at 7pm
St James’, Kings Street, Sydney
This performance will run for 1 hour and 10 minutes. No interval.
Domenico SCARLATTI Stabat Mater
Antonio CALDARA Crucifixus a 16 voci
Giacomo CARISSIMI Dixit Dominus
Claudio MONTEVERDI Messa a 4 voci, SV 190
Giovanni GABRIELI Hodie completi sunt dies Pentecostes
Antonio LOTTI Crucifixus a 8 voci
Brett Weymark conductor
Sydney Philharmonia Baroque Ensemble
Premium $80 (a limited number of rows located in a premium area of the church)
General Admission $70
Concessions Not applicable for this concert
Under 30 Not applicable for this concert
A booking fee of $8.95 per transaction applies.