World Premiere Of STREET REQUIEM Honours All Who Have Died On The Streets
Address: 31 Sturt Street, Southbank, 3006
Date: 7th June 2014
Ticket: $25 - $35
Buy / Ticket: http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2014/street-requiem/
With a rise in fatal “coward punch” deaths, innocent citizens like Jill Meagher and homeless man “Mousey” Perry being murdered on our streets here in our Australian cities and an increase in targeted street bombings around the world, Street Requiem is a new choral work that aims to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to many communities that struggle to come to terms with street violence and a loss of safety on our streets. Street Requiem was conceived by the award-winning conductor of Choir of Hard Knocks and Founding Artistic Director of the School of Hard Knocks, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, who also co-wrote it with Dr Kathleen McGuire, who has recently returned from the USA after creating the “Singers of the Street” in San Francisco and Director of Curriculum for the School of Hard Knocks, Andy Payne. “I really feel that we have lost such a sense of innocence and safety on our streets.
I wanted to write a musical work that would help us as a community to honor and remember all those who have died homeless, nameless or innocent of our streets of around the World” said Dr Welch. Street Requiem is a contemporary setting of the traditional sung Requiem with additional English, African and Persian lyrics and a modern setting of the Latin text. At times deeply moving and reflective, Street Requiem is an essentially optimistic work that features music that reflects the multi-cultural and multi-faith traditions of multi-city living utilizing gospel, celtic, romantic, indigenous and contemporary musical genres and instrumentation to spectacular effect. Street Requiem will feature Internationally acclaimed Contralto Liane Keegan, a massed choir of 350 voices combining the forces of Choir of Hope & Inspiration, THECHO!R, members of Voices Without Borders asylum seeker choir and the School of Hard Knocks “Absolutely Everybody” choir program from the cities of Latrobe Valley, Brimbank and Casey.
The World Premiere of Street Requiem will be conducted by Dr Jonathon Welch AM and Dr Kathleen McGuire and will be presented by the School of Hard Knocks at Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday June 7, 2014 at 7pm as part of the Melbourne International Singers Festival.