Wonder – a celebration of contemporary Australian music

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Join the Canberra Choral Society and the National Capital Orchestra for this stimulating orchestral and choral showcase.
Be early for Carl Vine’s pre-show talk, then enjoy a stunning all-Australian program.

The National Capital Orchestra, led by brilliant young conductor Leonard Weiss, present Graeme Koehne’s vibrant Tivoli Dances to set the scene. Then Canberra Choral Society, under the artistic direction of multi-skilled Dianna Nixon, will join with the National Capital Orchestra to perform Carl Vine’s Choral Symphony. Vine’s setting of these ancient texts seems to come from deep in the earth and float to the heavens.

After interval, the forces combine again in Matthew Hindson’s It Is Better To Be Feared Than Loved, a fiery and meticulous setting of Machiavelli’s famous words from Chapter 17 of The Prince. The concert concludes with the hopefulness of Vine’s glorious setting of Walt Whitman’s beloved poem Wonders, featuring Penelope Mills and Christopher Hillier who sang the solos for the world premiere in September last year.


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