Tura has partnered with Perth Festival to present events as part of their 2021 program including Hymns for End Times by Rachael Dease, Alluvial Gold by Louise Devenish, Stuart James and Erin Coates, as well as the commissioning of new pieces by Rebecca Erin Smith and Lydia Gardiner for the One & Many chamber music series.
The world premiere of Hymns for End Times by composer/sound designer/vocalist Rachael Dease with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra is happening on 18 February 2021 at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth. This special event celebrates one of WA’s most distinctive talents and the release of her first solo album of the same name.
With the support of West Australian Symphony Orchestra and accompanied by the vocal ensemble Voyces, Dease’s spellbinding voice and magnetic stage presence will take you through intimate lullabies to orchestral heights in this captivating one-off music event.
Alluvial Gold by percussionist Louise Devenish, composer Stuart James and visual artist Erin Coates takes place at Goolugatup Heathcote – Gallery from 10-13 February 2021, bringing a visceral drama to the often-forgotten worlds below the surface of the river.
Sculptural percussion instruments modelled on dolphin bones, native oyster shells and marine ecology are paired with vibraphone and electronics in this premiere performance, which exists as and between art installation and concert performance.
One & Many will be performed in Hackett Hall in the WA Museum Boola Bardip featuring two of WA’s most esteemed musicians – violin virtuoso Shaun Lee-Chen on 6 & 7 February and soprano Sara Macliver on 27 & 28 February.
The centrepiece of Shaun Lee-Chen’s concert is one of the masterworks of western music – Bach’s Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor. Joined by St George’s Cathedral Consort under the direction of Dr Joseph Nolan, this solo violin work is illuminated with entwined chorale melodies in a reinvention by German musicologist Helga Thoene. Works by Arvo Pärt and a new work commissioned by Tura from WA composer Lydia Gardiner completes this program.
Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s most revered and versatile artists begins and ends this concert with female composers – Hildegard von Bingen and a new work commissioned by Tura from WA composer Rebecca Erin Smith. In between, she is joined by wind and percussion ensemble Wind Quintet Plus for a performance featuring Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, a selection of lieder from Richard Strauss, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and moments from Mozart’s Wind Serenades.