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Sunday 13 November 2022  |  2:30PM


'It's often stated that the cello is the most human of instruments... so the pairing of it in a simple yet masterly way, with a sublime choir, makes for compositions which fall upon the ear as both contemporary and indeed timeless.'

– Limelight

Recently announced as Chief Conductor Designate of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and curator of UKARIA 24 in 2021, cellist Umberto Clerici has a unique artistic synergy with the Adelaide Chamber Singers (ACS). They first performed together at UKARIA in 2019 – with glorious voices and cello singing out from the fading sunlight and into the night. 

In the first half, ACS (directed by Christie Anderson) find beauty amongst tragedy in a cappella works by Nigel Butterley, Arvo Pärt, Bob Chilcott and Jake Runestad, and Umberto performs contemplative masterpieces for solo cello by Domenico Gabriel and Joseph-Marie-Clément Dall'Abaco.

After the interval, cellist and choir become one in Sofia Gubaidulina's monumental The Canticle of the Sun, inspired by the life and teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi. Composed for Mstislav Rostropovich's seventieth birthday in 1997, this profound meditation contemplates all interconnected elements (air, water, fire and earth), 'Brother Sun and Sister Moon' and the glorification of both life and death.


Nigel Butterley (1935–2022)
Morning Fanfare 

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) 
Bogoroditse Djevo

Domenico Gabrielli (1651–1690)

Selections from Ricercari, canone e sonate per violoncello

Joseph-Marie-Clément Dall'Abaco (1710–1805)
Capriccio No. 1 for Solo Cello 

Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)

Silver Swan

Jake Runestad (b. 1986)
Let My Love Be Heard 


Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931)

The Canticle of the Sun

I. Glorification of the Creator, and His Creations – the Sun and the Moon
II. Glorification of the Creator, the Maker of the Four Elements: Air, Water, Fire and Earth
III. Glorification of Life
IV. Glorification of Death

Duration | Approximately two hours, including a twenty-minute interval.
Note | Complimentary afternoon tea will be served during the interval.
Dining Options | A Ploughman's Lunch is available to pre-order to enjoy before the concert ($25). 

Photo Credit:

Adelaide Chamber Singers: Tony Lewis

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