Voices of the Body
Address: Ann st, Brisbane
Date: November 11, 2012
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Fusion Vocal Ensemble, founded by Debra Shearer-Dirié in 2009, has become known around Brisbane for its performances of diverse repertoire with exceptional beauty. Always eager to bring interesting music selections to new audiences, the group's final performance for the year, entitled Voices of the Body, is a collection of choral music inspired by the body, mind, heart and soul. Fusion was formed with some of Brisbane’s best and most experienced ensemble singers, most of whom sing regularly with other choirs in and around the city and have extensive performing and touring experience both around Australia and internationally. The singers range across an assortment of careers, from educators to environmental engineers, and from students to musicians.
They are drawn together because of their passion for singing and produce an energy in performance that immediately connects with their audience. Musical director Debra Shearer-Dirié was inspired to compile a programme of music which deals with the human body, in its physical, mental and spiritual dimensions. Spanning six hundred years, the repertoire chosen for this concert delves into how the human body has been depicted in music and poetry throughout the centuries. “There are works which explore aesthetic beauty, songs of love and physical intimacy, music about the body in pain and the body at rest, as well as pieces which take the mind and memory as their inspiration,” says Dr Shearer-Dirié. “As singers and conductors, our bodies are our instruments. How we relate to and think about our bodies has a bearing on the music we make.
So we wanted to do a concert which explores this idea more deeply.” Voices of the Body is a journey through the sacred and the profane. Lovers of choral music may already be familiar with William Byrd's Ave Verum Corpus (Hail, True Body), and Arvo Part's I Am the True Vine, which takes its text from John's Gospel and uses the metaphor of the vine for the body of Christ and the Christian church. However, most would be less familiar with Robert Schumann's Zahnweh, a setting in German of the Robert Burns text 'Address to the Toothache', or Edward Henderson's Your Fragrance. Also included in the programme are works by Claudio Monteverdi, John Dunstable, Robert Pearsall, Stephen Chatman, Eric Whitacre, Anthony Ritchie and Gerardo Dirié.
While not all of Fusion's programming is thematic in nature, the group has also given past concerts which explore one particular idea or aspect of the world around us: previous performances have looked at water in its different forms (including snow, rain, rivers and tears), at the nature of saints and temptations, and the physical and psychological journey from darkness into light. In 2012 Fusion has also collaborated twice with Taste Cooking School in Fortitude Valley to sing music about food for a highly popular musical cooking class and wine tasting. Voices of the Body will be performed on Sunday 11 November, 3pm at All Hallows' Chapel in Brisbane. Tickets $25/20 available at the door or on 07 3396 9849. More information at fusionvocalensemble.org by Bronwyn Mitchell