Why Do the Nations?

  • Fitters' Workshop 11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston, ACT, 2604 Australia

Principals presents

CONCERT 19
Why Do the Nations?

Stirred by Song

The story of English democracy, its trials and tribulations from Henry VIII to Brexit, cannot possibly be capured in one concert. However, Handel’s rarely heard Birthday Ode to Queen Anne contains one of the most potent texts of the Enlightenment set to music. On this occasion it will be preceded by more Handel, music by Thomas Tallis and music by one of of Australia’s most creative and articulate Englishmen: Andrew Ford.

PROGRAM

Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585), "Why fum’th in fight?"  - Third tune for Archbishop Parker
Andrew Ford (b. 1957), Waiting for the Barbarians
Andrew Ford, The Unquiet Grave
Roger Smalley (1943-2015), Footwork (A Birthday Tango)
Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872-1958), Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), "Why do the nations rage?" from Messiah HWV 56
George Frideric Handel,  Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV 74

Durations: 4' – 9' – 17' – 9' – 15' – interval – 3' – 30'

SIMÓN BOLÍVAR STRING QUARTET with COMBINED FESTIVAL STRINGS, THE SONG COMPANY, BACH AKADEMIE AUSTRALIA, THE AUSTRALIAN VOICES, LUMINESCENCE CHAMBER SINGERS, FLORIAN PEELMAN viola

ADULT $67, CONC. $62, U30 $30, U18 $25, STUDENT RUSH $25

Concert generously supported by Peronelle & Jim Windeyer