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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 23:00

SUMS is excited to announce that we will be performing two unmissable concerts in the coming months!

Firstly, in our May concert we will be combining with our frinds at the Sydney University Wind Orchestra. The diversity of the repetoir, which features everything from John Rutter classics to traditional South African folk songs, is sure to cater for all musical tastes. Stay tuned, full details on this concert are coming soon.

Secondly, on October 11 we will be performing Karl Jenkins' Stella Natalis. Stella Natalis (Birth Star), composed in 2009, is a collection of Christmas song settings from around the world set in Jenkins’ typically intense style. Over the jittery and often intentionally uneven rhythms, the chorus sings in languages that include English, Latin, Sanskrit, and Zulu.The trance-like repeats in the orchestra and the sweeping lines in the chorus give the piece a primal feel, with big blocks of harmony and broad strokes rather than frequently changing harmony of conventional Western choir music.

For this concert SUMS will be joined by two exceptional soloists. Joanna Cole of the Melbourne Opera will be our Soprano soloists whilst the notoriously challenging trumpet solo will be performed by Brian Evans.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 19:15
Welcome to 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:28

Welcome to another year of SUMS!

2014 has barely begun and we're already firing on all cylinders, getting things ready for an absolutely stellar year. A small group of SUMSters has already performed once this year for USYD's very own Open Day, and come the first day of classes for semester one we'll have upped that count to five! And trust us when we tell you that we don't plan on slowing down any time soon. For now, though, let's just fill you in on what's in store over the next couple of weeks.

Our next performance is a truly special one: SUMS has been asked to sing at the Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church's 125th Anniversary Service on Sunday, February 23rd. Hunter Baillie has been the venue for two of our last three concerts, is a beautiful old church rich with history, and sits at the heart of a wonderfully warm and inviting community; SUMS is honoured to lend voices to this special service. To make this celebration even more special, the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency, Hon. Marie Bashir AC CVO will be in attendance; this is specially significant for SUMS as the Governor has been one of our most loved patrons in recent years during her time as the Chancellor of the University of Sydney. You can read more about the special 125th Anniversary Service by following this link here.

The following weekend, on the 1st and 2nd of March, Willoughby Symphony will be presenting their first concert of their 2014 subscription series, A Night At The Opera; Verdi Gala. SUMS has been invited to perform with the Willoughby Symphony, and we've provided a number of our members to their ranks. It promises to be a thrilling night of grand excerpts from some of Verdi's best operas. You can read more about A Night At The Opera here.

What's more is that, between these two working weekends, SUMS will be performing twice at USYD's very own 2014 O Week! The mornings of the 26th and 27th will see SUMS take the stage at Manning and on the Front Lawns respectively, both from 11am, singing a variety of our beloved pub songs. Both performances will, of course, feature our anthem Laudate Nomen Domini, a standard amongst our members past and present. We very much hope to see you at O Week, and if you miss our performances we'll have a stall set up amongst the other musical societies for the whole three days of O Week, the 26th, 27th and 28th of Feb. So come say hey, get a brand spanking new tee shirt while they last, grab a copy of the latest O Vos Omnes (our delightfully informative and thoroughly irregular newsletter), and check out what we have planned for the rest of 2014.

Trust us, this year isn't going to be like any other.

Stay tuned.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:31