Canberra Choral Society’s first performance with new artistic director Dianna Nixon
March 26, 5.30 pm Village Centre, National Arboretum
Canberra Choral Society will launch its 2017 series in the stunning surrounds of the National Arboretum, with a program created by new artistic director Dianna Nixon celebrating the human relationship with trees and nature.
From the innocence of the famous poem Trees, by Joyce Kilmer, in a gorgeous setting by ex-Canberran, Daniel Brinsmead, to the wildly dramatic Frank Hutchens' setting of Charles Kingsley's Ode to the North East Wind, the programme gives the choir a range of stimulating artistic and technical challenges. A third Australian composer is featured in the concert with an exquisite setting, by Stephen Leek, of The Silent Gums, which will be sung (and danced) by a small group of students of Wild Voices Music Theatre.
The choir will be exploring combinations and textures ranging from unison singing and solos, to the lushly glorious final chorus from Leonard Bernstein's take on Voltaire's novella, Candide.
Other poets whose work features in this programme include Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Mary Coleridge, and, for the Leek setting, text created by Anne Williams and the Eltham East Primary School Choir.
It should be an afternoon of total pleasure for performers and audience alike, with the picturesque backdrop of Arboretum plantings and Lake Burley Griffin views framing our efforts.