If you could fuse together the Backstreet Boys and an East German Lutheran boys’ choir, you’d probably end up with something like amarcord. This internationally acclaimed a cappella group owes much of its success, and its rich, engrossing sound, to Bach. They first met as choirboys at his old stomping ground in Leipzig and you can hear the influence manifest in a beautifully romantic sound that’s unique to the city: warm, deep and layered. Hear resounding and powerful interpretations of Renaissance madrigals, works by the great composers from the 18th and 19th Centuries, and new versions of folk songs from around the world.
“Lots of lush, chromatically turned harmony denoting love, longing, anguish…
IONARTS Washington D.C
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The ARC Centre of the History of Emotions works to recover the long history of emotions from Europe 1100-1800 in everyday life, literature, art and music. We aim to use this historical knowledge to improve our contextual understanding of musical performance and expression in the past, and to shed new light on the emotional behaviour and health of modern Australians.
Our long-term European heritage remains one of our strongest cultural influences, shaping the world we live in today. Understanding this heritage enriches our personal lives, revitalizes our culture, and empowers us to make good political and social decisions for our future.
Free pre-concert talks will be held before each amarcord concert, details in the program listings below.
Tales of Love and Murder
Renaissance madrigals by Encina, des Prez, Lassus, Gesualdo and others, and part-songs by Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, and folk songs from around the world.
Newcastle Sat 28 July, 7.30pm
Pre-concert talk by Dr Rosalind Halton at 6.45pm
Sydney Mon 30 July, 7pm
Pre-concert talk by Prof Barry Spurr at 6.15pm
Melbourne Tues 31 July, 7pm
Pre-concert talk by Prof Stephanie Trigg at 6.15pm
Brisbane Wed 1 August, 7pm
Pre-concert talk by Dr Samantha Owens at 6.15pm
The Singing Club – Four Centuries of Song
Renaissance madrigals, part-songs by Schubert, Schumann, Elgar, Dvorák, Grieg and others, alongside folk songs from around the world.
Perth Tues 17 July, 7.30pm^
Pre-concert talk by Profs Philippa Maddern & Jane Davidson at 6.45pm
Adelaide Thurs 19 July, 7.30pm#
Pre-concert talk by Dr Katie Barclay at 6.45pm
Sydney Sat 21 July, 2pm
Pre-concert talk by Dr Alan Maddox at 1.15pm
Canberra Tues 24 July, 7pm
Pre-concert talk by Dr Merridee Bailey at 6.15pm
Melbourne Thurs 26 July, 8pm
Pre-concert talk by Dr Samantha Owens at 7.15pm
^ Presented in association with West Australian Opera
#Presented in association with State Opera of South Australia
New South Wales Masterclass
Be part of this unique opportunity to attend a masterclass with this leading international vocal group!
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Friday 20th July, The Conservatorium High School
Win Breakfast with amarcord in Canberra
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“amarcord means 'I remember' - We remember the traditions and the history of music.”
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