In its choral program for 2011, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will join with some of Australia’s most beautiful voices for ‘Angels’ on Friday 3 June, 8.00pm and Saturday 4 June, 8.00pm at the Adelaide Town Hall.
Led by ASO Chief Conductor Arvo Volmer, the concerts will feature sopranos Sara Macliver and Greta Bradman, alto Sally-Anne Russell, tenor Paul McMahon and bass Stephen Bennett, joined by the Adelaide Chamber Singers directed by Carl Crossin.
Choir and soloists will join the ASO to perform two of Johann Sebastian Bach’s greatest works; Cantata No 80, A Mighty Fortress is our God and the irrepressibly joyous and exuberant Magnificat.
Following the interval, the ASO will perform Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s latest masterwork, Symphony No 4, Los Angeles. Pärt is considered the leading composer of spiritual music and this work, composed in 2008, was his first symphony written in over 37 years. Choirs around the world sing and enjoy much of this prolific composer’s work.
ASO Chief Executive Barbara George said, “This is my favourite program for the year. Before coming to Adelaide I managed the New Zealand Youth Choir who had been named “Choir of the World” and as an alumnus of the choir myself (and a voice major at university), there is just nothing like the sound of voices to uplift the spirit, particularly as we head into winter. Add the superb singers to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and it is little wonder that this concert has almost sold out.
Stay tuned for exciting choral concerts in the 2012 season, which we will announce in September.