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Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle

‘The last of my péchés de vieillesse’ (sins of old age) is how Rossini described the Petite Messe Solennelle, which the Sydney University Graduate Chamber Choir is delighted to present as the Graduate Choir’s last concert of 2018. The performance coincides with … Continue reading

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An Australian War Requiem – meet our soloists

Our 11 November performance of An Australian War Requiem will feature five acclaimed soloists: Taryn Fiebig (Soprano), Ashlyn Tymms (Mezzo-soprano), Andrew Goodwin (Tenor), Adrian Tamburini (Bass), and Wade Kernot (Bass). Each brings a unique perspective on the events we are … Continue reading

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Have you seen the ‘Australian War Requiem’ web site?

If you haven’t already discovered it, there is a special web site that covers a wide range of topics associated with ‘An Australian War Requiem’ by Christopher Bowen. This dramatic and moving work is to be performed in Sydney Town … Continue reading

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SSO Plays Mahler at the Sydney Town Hall

As an organization, which in recent years has staged concerts in the Sydney Town Hall, and will do so again with Handel’s Messiah in November, the Grads  took particular interest in the news that the SSO and Philharmonia Choir, under … Continue reading

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Saxon Baroque

The Choir’s August Great Hall concert for 2016 presented a program of two religious works from eighteenth century Germany: the Missa No.9 in D by the little-known Johann David Heinichen (1683-1729) and the Magnificat by the impressive but difficult to … Continue reading

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Colin Fox on von Suppé’s Requiem

A few weeks ago, we sent a copy of the recording of our May performance of von Suppé’s Requiem to the respected ABC Classic FM presenter, Colin Fox,. In 2012 Colin had warmly praised our performance of Mendelssohn’s Paulus, praise … Continue reading

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Anna Dowsley in Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan Tutte’

Earlier posts have reported on the rapidly developing career of mezzo Anna Dowsley, one of the Choir’s favourite soloists, since being highly commended by the judges in the 2012 Joan Carden Award and starring in our memorable Verdi Requiem in … Continue reading

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Introducing Kirsten Williams – Concertmaster

We are indeed fortunate to have the talented Kirsten Williams leading our orchestra. Not only is Kirsten a gifted musician but her charm and style give pleasure to both players and audience. As our new concert master it’s time to … Continue reading

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Tángalo!

Members will be aware that our talented and charming rehearsal pianist, Amy Putt, is a member of the Sydney-based modern tango quintet, that goes by the name of Tángalo. The quintet has no Hispanic members but aims for and achieves … Continue reading

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Franz von Suppé’s Requiem—‘Thus is the power of music’

The Grads 2016 concert season opened on Sunday 8th May with absolute éclat and elan, a promising introduction to an exciting season highlighting some little known, rarely-performed works. We believe that our performance of Franz von Suppé’s Requiem was an … Continue reading

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