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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : LUMINOUS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

The individual elements in this landmark production are tremendous but I found the performance dark , somewhat disturbing and perhaps a bit fragmented and disjointed ( which , I understand , is at least partly what the ACO intended ).

LUMINOUS is a haunting collaboration between the ACO and controversial photographer Bill Henson. It is a revival of this work , with brand new imagery, updated repertoire and guest vocals from indie Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter Lior.

Henson’s photos, often first seen in extremely close grainy close up , blur the boundaries between gender , adulthood and youth , night and day, rural and urban .There are extraordinary lonely graffitied landscapes with windy trees and the models in the Caravaggio – like images quite frequently appear world weary and bruised . The camera work , panning in extreme close up then pulling away to reveal the full photo creates totally different images at times, red dots revealed to be a leaf or hair for example, making this reviewer think of sunspots and other planets perhaps. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : LUMINOUS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR PRESENTS DIXIT DOMINUS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Ian Grandage

Above: Composer Ian Grandage. Featured image: Group shot of the Sydney Chamber Choir. Pic by Keith Saunders.

The title of this concert suggests we are to be entertained by the talents of the Sydney Chamber Choir with historical works based on religious texts from the Christian tradition.

That was very much the case as guest conductor Jonathan Grieves-Smith guided the choir and string players from the Orchestra of the Antipodes through interpretations of Handel and Bach. These performances were both sensitive and strong. Continue reading SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR PRESENTS DIXIT DOMINUS @ CITY RECITAL HALL