Craig Hella Johnson in Australia 2018
Join me in Sydney – July 2018
I know that many of you share my excitement at the prospect of singing in the Sydney Opera House – one of the world’s great cultural icons.
As a part of our Gala Concert, we will sing the world premiere of a wonderful new work by Jake Runestad, composed especially for this occasion and for this gathering of choirs in Sydney! This concert will be a true ‘happening’ and will be a celebration of the power of choral music. There is nothing quite like coming together with choirs from around the country and around the world for an unforgettable shared musical experience.
We have added an additional day for sightseeing as well as sectional and combined rehearsals. This will pace the tour well and ensure that we are building to our performance crescendo in a relaxed manner. As Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere we are traveling into a (mild and temperate) winter conducive to the performance tour that has been designed for us.
Kangaroos and Koalas, people with a direct warm and engaging manner and an island continent distant from the rest of the world (but, as KI says, Australia is only 2 meals, 3 movies and a nap away)!
Once again I will plan a program that will be a diverse collection of pieces and one that will be well suited to the participating singers. It is always one of my favorite parts of this process-- shaping a program that fits the time, location and context and the various strengths and interests of the participating ensembles. In addition there will be opportunities for your own individual performances in Sydney and in any of the extension cities should you be touring further after the festival.
We will sing in a loving and passionate way speaking to the good in the world giving voice to that which unites humanity.
See you ‘down under’
Craig Hella Johnson
Artistic Director & Conductor
July 2018 | Sydney Opera House | Individual & Combined Festival Concerts | Option to tour Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns & New Zealand