Paul Terracini | conductor
Sarah Toth | soprano
Pascal Herington | tenor
Alexander Knight | baritone
Penrith City Choir, Academy Singers, Warrimoo Chorale
Penrith City Children’s Choir
Lucy McAlary | chorus director
PÄRT Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
MCNAMARA Modes of Deception
ORFF Carmina Burana
The scenic cantata Carmina Burana provides musical fireworks on a grand scale as we join forces with local choirs,
and soloists from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, to celebrate 25 years of Penrith Symphony Orchestra.
Based on a set of medieval secular poems in Latin and early German, the work celebrates the human spirit. Combining twentieth century style with medieval rhythms and tonalities, it explores the fragility of fortune and wealth, the joy of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of human vices.
In contrasting style is a simple meditation on death by the iconic Estonian composer Arvo Pärt – an early example of his signature “tintinnabuli” style.
The orchestra’s championing of young Sydney composers continues with Peter McNamara’s work Modes of Deception.