Impressions du ciel (Glimpses of Heaven) is a sumptuous exploration of the rich colours and textures of French song, inspired by the great impressionist movement of 19th century.
The hour-long programme features music by beloved French impressionist composers Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Fauré, and Erik Satie, alongside pieces by 20th century musical icon Francis Poulenc.
This new, independent musical collaboration presents French classical song from an artist’s perspective. Performed by emerging classical artists from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs, it features Sydney-based sopranos Jacqueline Ward and Lana Kains, tenor Elias Wilson baritone Jeremy Boulton. Performing alongside the singers is skilled pianist and composer Fiona Loader, who will also present selections for solo piano.
The group hopes to showcase the “other-worldly beauty” of Impressionist music, in what will be the first of a series of performances exploring the intersection of art and music. Performances are planned across eastern New South Wales for later in the year, featuring the music of Bach and Mozart.
“In co-mingling the works of these great French artists, we hope to reveal with each song a piece of the broad canvas of harmonic palettes and melodic brushstrokes that defined the sound of French chanson over the course of a century” says tenor Elias Wilson.
Tickets: Adult $25, Concession $20, Child $5, Group of 4 $65.
Bookings: trybooking.com/BCRLR or in-store at Spit Junction Newsagency.