River City Voices, Parramatta's flagship choir, is proud to announce their groundbreaking collaboration with the esteemed Ngarra-burria: First Peoples Composers program for 'Blue Sky Country Christmas,' a unique musical performance scheduled for 8 December 2023. This event promises an extraordinary night of song, marking the first-ever collaboration of the program with a choir as Ensemble in Residence.
This remarkable union brings together the sheer power of a symphonic choir with the visionary talents of composers: Marlene Cummins, Gavi Duncan, Tim Gray, Nicole Smede, program founder Dr. Chris Sainsbury, and Elizabeth Sheppard, a program alumna.
Dr. Chris Sainsbury, founder of the Ngarra-burria: First Peoples Composers program, comments “It’s so good to be partnering with River City Voices in the realisation of works by First Nations composers for choir, especially as they are centred in Parramatta, the site of Australia's first Aboriginal mission. There's some kind of full circle here.”.
'Blue Sky Country Christmas' is a pivotal feature in RCV's Brave series, an initiative dedicated to pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. The concert highlights the exceptional talents of Indigenous composers who are reshaping classical music norms, an event dedicated to acknowledging their significant contributions to Australian music.
Artistic Director of River City Voices, Sarah Penicka-Smith, adds, "This concert gives our audience a chance to meet some fine artists who have been making music in our community for many years but who are only now starting to receive due recognition. There’s no more direct way to experience someone’s else’s perspective than through song, and each composer on our program has a totally unique musical voice, ranging from blues to ballads to radiant soundscapes. It’s a pleasure and a huge privilege to be able to present this key Australian repertoire.”
The concert program offers a captivating array of new compositions, spanning genres, personal narratives, and diverse experiences, providing a unique opportunity to celebrate the culture of Australia's First Peoples. 'Blue Sky Country Christmas' also offers a fresh perspective for those who appreciate traditional Christmas carols, with emotionally charged and profoundly evocative compositions that promise to resonate deeply.
This extraordinary event symbolises the collaborative spirit of River City Voices and the groundbreaking work of visionary Indigenous composers, firmly establishing themselves at the forefront of Australian music. Secure your tickets now and become a part of a musical journey that celebrates diversity, creativity, and the unifying power of music.