Concert 7
Sunday 8 December, 5:00 pm

Good Shepherd Chapel
St Heliers St
Abbotsford VIC 3067


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Unsettled choir scores

A terrain of spoken and sung music 1930–2011

Ernst Toch, Charles Seeger, John J. Becker, Stefan Wolpe, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Johanna Beyer, Robert Erickson, Kenneth Gaburo, Pauline Oliveros, Milton Babbitt

Concert Head: 

The Astra Choir with soloists, electronics and instrumental ensemble conducted by John McCaughey

Concert Support: 

This concert of unusual and adventurous American choral works from nine decades initiates the Astra Choir’s third project of first-recordings with the New York label New World Records. Starting from Ernst Toch’s recently rediscovered speech choruses with pioneering electronic manipulation from 1930, the program sets out a landscape of heterogeneous materials - secular, religious, experimental, tonal, meditative, political – that have lain mostly neglected in the 20th-century artistic terrain.