The Giovanni Consort: Concert Season 2018
On behalf of all of our singers, artists and Patrons it is an honour and a privilege to present The Giovanni Consort’s Season 2018.
The coming year will see The Giovanni Consort continue to focus on its artistic goals; to contribute to the growing library of choral works performed in Western Australia, and to give our performers opportunities to display their considerable skills to a wide and varied audience.
As well as the four concerts that make up our 2018 Season, The Giovanni Consort are intending to perform at a number of festivals throughout Western Australia, as well as provide a regular performance option for many organisations within Perth. Plans to release our first recorded CD are also well under way.
However, we are excited to present our annual Concert Season, which this year has a particularly eclectic feel.
For our first performance, we welcome back Christophe Karas to WA. Christophe will conduct Buxtehude’s masterpiece Membra Jesu Nostri in the majestic surroundings of St George’s College Chapel. Accompanying The Giovanni Consort will be the Early Music Ensemble from St George’s College, and I am particularly excited that Paul Wright will be leading them in the performance. The work is intended to be performed on Good Friday, and that is the date chosen for our opening performance for the 2018 Season.
Perry Joyce conducts a program of Australian, Chinese and Japanese works in our second concert; The Giovanni Consort will work hard with this supremely talented musician to explore the significant contributions made to the choral world by such composers as Ian Grandage, Kentaro Sato, Stephen Leek, Chen Yi & Gordon Hamilton, as well as by Joyce himself. To add to the spiritual nature of this event, we will be performing this concert within the stiking Cabaret Cave of Yanchep National Park.
Our third performance will focus on the wonderfully diverse music that America has produced over the last century. Conducted by Kris Bowtell, the concert will be presented in the glorious surroundings of St Mary’s Church in South Perth. Audience members will enjoy both well-known and unfamiliar works by Charles Ives, Eric Whitacre, Steve Reich, David Lang & Leonard Bernstein to name but a few. The Giovanni Consort will combine with organ and percussion in this performance, adding another dimension to this event.
Our final performance of the year sees Jangoo Chapkhana take to the podium to direct a program of English masterworks for choir and organ taken from the Twentieth Century. The highlights of this concert will include works by Howells, Stanford, Mathias, Delius, Finzi and Leighton, performed in the stunning architecture of Trinity Uniting Church, located in the heart of Perth.
We cannot achieve any of our artistic goals without the help and support of all our Patrons and Subscribers and we thank you for coming on this musical journey with us. As Artistic Director, I am excited about the coming year, and would like to acknowledge the hard work of all of those involved with the preparations for this 2018 Season.