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Igitur Nos Chamber Choir & Oriana Chorale: Carmina Burana

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High Court of Australia

Parkes Pl

Parkes, ACT 2600

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In this concert Igitur Nos Chamber Choir and Oriana Chorale will present a master work, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Carl Orff wrote the work between 1935 and 1936 based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana.

Much of the compositional structure of the music relies on the idea of the turning Fortuna Wheel. Within each scene, and sometimes within a single movement, the wheel of fortune turns, joy turning to bitterness, and hope turning to grief. Although Carmina Burana was intended as a staged work involving dance, choreography, visual design and other stage action, Igitur Nos will bring this work to you as a cantata. Orff was influenced melodically by late Renaissance and early Baroque models including William Byrd and Claudio Monteverdi.

Igitur Nos Chamber Choir is a group of about 30 experienced singers who delight in music mostly drawn from the sacred choral tradition. Formed in 2003 by its director, Matthew Stuckings, the choir has sung in many beautiful sacred spaces and cultural institutions in Canberra and beyond, as well as live on the ABC. The choir meets weekly and presents numerous public and liturgical performances throughout the year.

The Oriana Chorale has become one of Canberra’s leading a cappella choirs. It has won particular acclaim for its innovative concert programming, most recently receiving a Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for Northern Lights, performed in the Fitters’ Workshop in August 2017. Oriana’s Australian première performance of Rachmaninov’s Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in 1998 was widely acclaimed and was recorded on CD. Oriana has given Australian première performances of several other works including The Lunar Hare by Stephanos Malikides (with the Canberra New Music Ensemble), Alfred Schnittke’s Requiem and Concerto for Choir, Arvo Pärt’s Miserere and carols composed for Oriana by Calvin Bowman. In recent years, the Chorale has performed on several occasions with the Song Company and has taken part in a performance of Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium with the renowned Tallis Scholars.

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Duration 75 minutes.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop.

Admission to this concert is by registration only. Registration opens 23 August 2018.

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