Sydney’s specialist Spanish and Latin American a cappella choir, Coro Austral is back!
Artistic Director Margot McLaughlin, has crafted a concert of glorious music in celebration of its 10th anniversary, reflecting the choir’s past, present and future.
Audiences will be treated to beautiful sacred and secular choral works sung in the stunning acoustic of St Joseph’s Church, Rozelle.
The program features Missa O Quam Gloriosum by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Spain’s most famous composer of the 16th Century, as well as exquisite sacred works by Italian composer Giovanni da Palestrina (Sicut Cervus) and Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (Christus Factus Est and Locus Iste). The renowned contemporary Catalan composer Bernat Vivancos is represented by masterful settings of the Easter text O Vos Omnes (O Ye People) and the popular Catalan Christmas folksong El cant dels ocells (Song of the Birds), arranged for female voices.
In total contrast, the secular works showcase the diversity of music from Latin America, including Siete Haikus (Seven Haikus) by Mexican composer Jorge Córdoba, based on texts by various Japanese poets, the ever-popular Mas Que Nada, made famous by Sergio Mendez in Brazil 66, and contemporary and traditional songs from Cuba.
Under the direction of founding conductor, the experienced and versatile Margot McLaughlin, Coro Austral is an auditioned chamber choir which primarily performs 13th to 21st century music from Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. These include Renaissance Spain and Portugal, Mexican Baroque, Brazilian classical, and contemporary folkloric songs from Chile, Argentina and the Caribbean - as well as a range of works from Australia and elsewhere. Formed in 2010, it has introduced often previously little-known choral music to Australian audiences. In 2017 Coro Austral toured Cuba to great acclaim!
In accordance with COVIDSAFE plans of both the venue and Coro Austral, please observe the following, which apply to yourself and all members of your party:
In addition to the information you gIve us when you register online, names and current contact details of everyone attending will be taken on entry to the performance venue. The attendance record will be used for contact tracing should the need arise.
Do not attend if any of the following apply:
you are feeling unwell or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
you have come into contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days
you have been in a known COVID hotspot in the past 14 days
you are subject to any quarantine or self-isolation requirements.
Wearing a face mask is optional. Spare disposable masks will be available on entering the performance space.
Please sanitise your hands each time you enter or leave the performance venue.
Observe good hygiene practices if you need to cough or sneeze.
Be aware that the choir will not be wearing face masks to perform.
Refreshments will not be provided. If needed, please bring your own water bottle.
Coro Austral may, at any point as a result of any changes in health and safety conditions, postpone, reschedule, cancel or relocate the concert. If this results in you being unable to attend and you have made a donation, you will be offered the option of a full refund.