Americans in Paris Sunday 25 February 6pm
Widely regarded as one of the greatest pedagogues of the 20th century, Nadia Boulanger had composers from all over the world flock to her Parisian studio for tuition, particularly those from North America. Through a rigorous program of counterpoint, harmony, musical analysis, and sight reading tailored to each student, the Mademoiselle (as she liked to be known) sought to help them find their unique musical voice.
In this program, Luminescence showcases the works of her American students through different periods of her life, from her earliest American students in Aaron Copland and Elliott Carter through to those such as Phillip Glass who came to her towards the end of her life. There is an Australian connection in the composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, who became an American citizen after emigrating to the US with Mlle Boulanger’s help.Mlle. Boulanger herself was a composer who stopped composing after the death of her younger sister Lili.
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Luminescence Chamber Singers is an ensemble comprised of eight young vocalists. Since their earliest iteration in 2013, Luminescence has gained a reputation for presenting exciting and excellent singing. The singers share collaborative artistic direction and usually perform unconducted. They perform a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and frequently premiere new music by young Australian composers, including composers from within their own ranks.
Luminescence has performed alongside leading Australian musicians such as Sally Whitwell, Louise Page, Amelia Farrugia and Tamara Cislowski.
In the past two years, Luminescence has worked with acclaimed guest conductors Gordon Hamilton, Dan Walker, Bengt-Olov Palmqvist, and Carl Crossin.
In 2017, Luminescence was featured in the Canberra International Music Festival and at the Performing the Jewish Archives Festival. In 2018, Luminescence will join the Consort of Melbourne and Roland Peelman in performances of Frank Martin’s Mass and four newly commissioned