Season 2024

There Will Come Soft Rain

Wednesday 13 March, 7.30pm (one night only)

Adelaide Town Hall

Conducted by Christie Anderson

Music that echoes birdsong and the sounds of the natural world is at the core of this special new program from Adelaide Chamber Singers, led by Artistic Director Christie Anderson. Moving from Renaissance France through to Hungary, Latvia, Italy, England and contemporary Australia, the music is inspired by the life-giving power of water in all its forms.  It speaks of waterfalls, sunken vessels, tears of heartbreak and the waters of Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) where rain brings thousands of birds to the desert. These are worse that capture the sound of soft rain on fields, gentle winds and joyous birdsong.

The program includes works by composers Clement Janequin, Orlando Gibbons, Eric Whitacre and Ēriks Ešenvalds, alongside celebrated Australians Anne Cawrse, Carl Crossin, Stephen Leek and Luke Byrne.

Ryan Grunwald, percussion

Thomas Marlin, cello


Janequin: Le Chant des Oiseaux
Weelkes: The Nightingale
Gibbons: The Silver Swan
Orbán: Fülemüle (The Nightingale)
Passereau: Il est bel et bon
Cawrse: On Earth as in Heaven
Crossin: There Will Come Soft Rain
Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
Ešenvalds: O Salutaris Hostia
Byrne: Where Sails Once Flew
Byrne: Desert Sea
Leek: Kondalilla

Duration: 1hr 10mins, no interval
Seating is General Admission

Presented in partnership with Adelaide Festival 2024

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