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ADELAIDE CHAMBER SINGERS WITH UMBERTO CLERICI

Sunday 13 November 2022  |  2:30PM


THE CANTICLE OF THE SUN


'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.


PROGRAM


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 


INTERVAL


Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931)

The Canticle of the Sun
(Sonnengesang)

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

Full Price
$55.00
Concession*
$50.00
Student
$25.00
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