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Sydney University Graduate Choir Concert – 21 May 2017 Choral Music of La Belle Époque

La Belle Époque was a golden age of French creativity. The Sydney University Graduate Choir is delighted to present a performance of choral music of this era, accompanied by full orchestra and the organ of the Great Hall, Sydney University.

Works on this program will be the moving Requiem by Saint-Saëns, Franck’s Psalm 150, and the justly famous Pavane by Fauré – here performed in a choral version created by the composer.

A highlight of the concert will be a performance of composer Christopher Bowen’s, Démocratie.

It was prescient for a 20 year old poet from the 19th century to write a work that reflects the tensions and drama of our current world politics. Arthur Rimbaud’s prose-poem Démocratie is a powerful and imaginative setting for acclaimed Australian composer, Christopher Bowen, to set to music. Christopher Bowen invites the listener into a world of witty satire and political provocation.

This performance marks Christopher Bowen’s 25th anniversary as Music Director of the Choir.

The Choir regularly commissions works by Mr Bowen, and is delighted to be able to bring his music to life in concert. In 2014, for example, the Choir performed the world premiere of his powerful Australian War Requiem at the Sydney Town Hall.

WHEN:  3:00pm, Sunday, 21 May 2017

WHERE:  The Great Hall, Sydney University

TICKETS: Seymour Centre Box Office – ph 02 9351 7950 or https://www.seymourcentre.com/how-to-book/

Information on the Choir: https://singon.wordpress.com/hear-us/

Information on Christopher Bowen’s music: www.christopherbowen.com.au

Media contact: Andrew Mackenzie (0416 112 032) or publicity@sugc.com.au

Choral Music of La Belle Époque

Sydney University Graduate Choir and Orchestra

Great Hall, University of Sydney

3:00pm, Sunday, 21 May 2017

Music Director:

Christopher Bowen OAM


Elke Hook (Soprano)

Barbara Jin (Alto)

Andrew Goodwin (Tenor)

Simon Lobelson (Bass)


Peter Kneeshaw


Démocratie – Christopher Bowen

Requiem – Camille Saint-Saëns

Psalm 150 – César Franck

Pavane – Gabriel Fauré


$50 Adults

$45 Full Pensioners (Not seniors cards)

$25 Full time students and children under 16 years.

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