Bendigo Chamber Choir

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Christmas Concert—23 November 2008

Conducted by Edmund Beilharz OAM
with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra (leader Jean Lehmann) and guest soloists

When and where

Sunday 23 November 2008, 2:30 pm
Bendigo Town Hall, Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo.

Program

  • Orlando di Lasso (1532–1594) Adoramus Te, Christe
  • Tomas Luis de Victoria (~1548–1611) Ne Timeas Maria
  • Jacob Handl (1550–1591) Ecce Concipies
  • Hans Leo Hassler (~1564–1612) Dixit Maria
  • Michael Praetorius (1571–1621) Omnis Mundis Jocundetur
  • Dietrich Buxtehude (1637–1707) Das Neugebor’ne Kindelein (with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra)
  • Georg Frideric Handel (1685–1759) Zadok the Priest (with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) Cantata BWV 82 Ich Habe Genug (Bendigo Chamber Orchestra and guest soloists)
  • Benedetto Marcello (1686–1739) Concerto for oboe and orchestra in D minor (Bendigo Chamber Orchestra and guest soloist)
  • Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) A Shepherd’s Carol words by W H Auden
  • Peter Sculthorpe (1929–) Morning Song for the Christ Child
  • John Tavener (1944–) A Christmas Round and Today the Virgin

We are sad to announce that this is the final concert of our musical director of 12 years, Edmund Beilharz OAM, and the leader of the Bendigo Chamber Orchestra, Jean Lehmann, who are both retiring. They have contributed a huge amount both behind and in front of the scenes. From the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of all of the audience that we have reached with your leadership and help over the years, thank you, Edmund and Jean!

Information and Tickets

Enquiries about the concert: info[at]bendigochamberchoir.org.au or call Edmund 03 5435 3869

Tickets: from Capital Theatre 03 5434 6100 or at the door


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Winter Concert—22 June 2008

Conductor: Edmund Beilharz OAM

with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra (leader: Jean Lehmann)

When and where

Sunday 22 June 2008, 2:30 pm
Bendigo Town Hall

Program

  • Lionel Power (~1375–1445) Sanctus and Benedictus
  • William Byrd (~1539–1623) Teach me, O Lord
  • Claudio Monteverdi (1576–1643) Beatus Vir (with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra)
  • Henry Purcell (1659–1695) Thy Word is a Lantern
  • Georg Frideric Handel (1685–1759) The King shall Rejoice (with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) Suite #3 in D Major for Orchestra (Bendigo Chamber Orchestra)
  • Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) Te Deum

Information and tickets

$20, $15, Tickets at door or Capital Theatre 5434 6100
Please join us for afternoon tea after the performance.


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Free Concert J S Bach—25 November 2007

Conductor: Edmund Beilharz OAM

with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra (leader Jean Lehmann) and guest soloists

When and where

Sunday 25 November 2007, 2:30 pm
Bendigo Town Hall

Program

  • Motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden BWV 230 (choir with continuo)
  • Suite No 2 for Flute and Strings BWV 1067 (orchestra)
  • Cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis BWV 21 (choir, soloists, orchestra)

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Arvo Pärt: Berlin Mass—24 June 2007

Conductor: Edmund Beilharz OAM

with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra (leader Jean Lehmann)

When and where

Date: Sunday 24 June 2007
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Bendigo Town Hall

Program

  • Morley, Farnaby, Wilbye, Byrd, Vautor: English madrigals from 1500s and 1600s —a cappella
  • Tartini: Sinfonie in A (1700s) —orchestra
  • Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Wolf: German romantic songs from the 1800s —a cappella
  • Arvo Pärt: Berlin Mass (1990) —choir and orchestra

Notes

Our program for this concert truly spans the centuries!

Many English madrigals from the Elizabethan period have survived. Some are popular and frequently heard. In this program, Edmund has especially selected some unusual, challenging and less well-known examples. One, Giles Farnaby’s Consture my meaning, with its perplexing spelling of ‘construe’, is strangely chromatic. The melody progresses in semitones, yet stays in brilliantly crafted harmony.

The Italian baroque period was very rich in output and its style very popular today. Vivaldi is one of the world’s most recorded composers. Tartini also lived at this time, and his music is no less delightful.

We don’t normally associate Brahms and other German romantic composers with choir music, but in fact, their choral output was enormous and contributed richly to German culture in the 1800s. Brahms himself conducted a women’s choir. The four pieces in our concert show the range of musical colours and moods from this era.

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has invented his own meditative musical language, tintinnabuli, which is rather like the chiming of bells. The joyous Berlin Mass was first performed shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is Pärt in a light-hearted mood, encouraging us all to be still within, yet to be enthusiastic and to celebrate.

Tintinnabuli music has a meditative feel because there are constantly shifting harmonies and moods, but only fleeting melodies. Somehow, the mind cannot seem to grasp what is happening in the music, yet we are spellbound. Pärt says ‘I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear. This prism could be the spirit of the listener.’

The structure of tintinnabuli music is, actually, quite easy to describe. Two parts (in the Berlin Mass, usually the tenors and sopranos) sing only the notes from the basic chord. The others (altos and basses) sing consecutive notes up or down the scale. Pärt cleverly weaves the music within this structure. The groups move in and out of harmony, alternately ‘blending’ and ‘clashing’. The effect? Well, come and hear for yourself!


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25th Anniversary Concert—26 November 2006

A concert to celebrate the Mozart anniversary and St Cecilia’s Day

Conductor: Edmund Beilharz

with the Bendigo Chamber Orchestra (leader Jean Lehmann) and guest soloists:

  • Claire McDonald (soprano)
  • Kerrie Bolton (alto)
  • Michael Smith (tenor)
  • Francesco Fabris (bass)

When and where

Sunday, 26 November 2006  2:30 – 4:30 PM
Bendigo Town Hall

Program

  • Henry Purcell – Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, 1683
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Missa Brevis in D
  • Desprez, Victoria, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky – Ave Maria through the centuries

Information and tickets

$20 $15 – Book at Capital Theatre or at the door – Family tickets available at the door


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J S Bach: Sleepers Wake!—19 March 2006

A concert to celebrate the Commonwealth Games

Conductor: Edmund Beilharz

with the Bendigo Chamber Orchestra (leader Jean Lehmann and guest soloists:

  • Claire McDonald
  • Benjamin Martin
  • Francesco Fabris

When and where

Sunday, 19 March 2006  2:30 – 4:30 PM
Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street

Free admission

Program

  • J S Bach – Cantata BWV 140, Wachet Auf (Sleepers, Wake!)
  • J S Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 3
  • William Byrd – Mass for Four Voices
  • G F Handel – Zadok the Priest

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Christmas Pudding—4 December 2005

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Vespers and Last Words—15 May 2005

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Glass and Brass with Class—5 December 2004

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Palm Sunday Concert—4 April 2004

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Music from England—9 November 2003

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Vivaldi, Brahms and Arvo Pärt—22 June 2003

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Bach and Tavener—2 June 2002

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20th Anniversary Gala Concert—16 September 2001

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Ngana Yah!—11 November 2000

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Mozart Mass in D—16 July 2000

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Notes Tremendous—5 December 1999

Notes Tremendous

Choral Music from 4 Centuries

Conductor: Edmund Beilharz

with The Vox Dulcis Brass Ensemble

When and where

2:30 pm Sunday 5 December 1999
Golden Square Uniting Church Cnr Laurel and Panton Sts, Golden Square
Afternoon tea included

Program

  • Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia (Words by WH Auden)
  • J S Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord all ye nations—Psalm 117)
  • Gabrieli’s motet Omnes Gentes (choir with brass ensemble)

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Gentle as her heart—8 August 1999

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A Musical Christmas Pudding—29 November 1998

A Musical Christmas Pudding

(guaranteed free of stodge)

Conductor: Edmund Beilharz

with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra (leader Jean Lehmann)

When and where

St Pauls Cathedral Hall, Myers Street, Bendigo
Sunday 29th November 1998, 2 pm

Program

  • Choruses and Symphony from Handel’s Messiah
  • Carols anon and traditional (You can help with these!),
  • Carols by Brahms, Britten, Brumby, Holst, Praetorius;
  • Christmas tidbits & stories from our intrepid researchers;
  • Christmas afternoon tea from our world-class chefs.

Information and tickets

Adults $15, $10, Secondary students $5, U/13 free

Tickets at the door or at BRAC,

Enquiries (03) 5435 3869


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Byrd, Bach, Bruckner—22 August 1998

a Musical Feast in the Art Gallery

Conductor: Edmund Beilharz

with Bendigo Chamber Orchestra (leader Jean Lehmann) and guest soloists:

  • Jenny Gogolin – Flute
  • Jean Lehmann – Violin
  • Barbara Hyett – Harpsichord
  • Celia Gall – Cello
  • Edmund Beilharz – Cello

When and where

Saturday 22nd August 1998, 8:00pm
Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street, Bendigo

Program

  • Handel Zadok the Priest (chorus with orchestra)
  • William Byrd 1534-1623 (?)
    • Non Nobis Domine
    • Ave Verum Corpus
  • Thomas Tallis 150?-1585 O Lord, Give thy Holy Spirit
  • Orlando Gibbons 1583-1625 Almighty and Everlasting God
  • Adrian Batten 158?-1637 O Sing Joyfully
  • Thomas Weelkes 1576(?)-1623 Let Thy Merciful Ears O Lord
  • Unaccompanied motets by Anton Bruckner
    • Tantum ergo (1845)
    • Pange, lingua (1868)
    • Locus iste (1869)
    • Virga Jesse (1885)
  • J S Bach’s Trio Sonata in C minor for Flute, Violin and Continuo;
  • Handel’s Trio Sonata for two Cellos and Continuo Op 2 No. 8 in G Minor

Information and tickets

Adults $15, Concession $10, Family $35

Tickets at the door or at Bendigo Regional Arts Centre

Enquiries (03) 5435 3869

Supper will be served after the performance


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