Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Directed by Peter Tregear
On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Consort of Melbourne presents a celebration of the American choral tradition, ranging from Negro spirituals, to masterpieces from the new renaissance of choral music emanating from California. The programme concludes with music from composers Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, the most performed and recorded contemporary choral composers of our age.
The American tradition of Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 when pilgrims to the New World gave thanks for their first harvest and shared in feasting with Native Americans. It was George Washington who proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America, marking November 26, 1789 "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God".
The Consort of Melbourne is a professional vocal ensemble that champions both historic and contemporary chamber vocal repertoire. It comprises a core membership of eight singers, which expands or shrinks as the repertoire demands.
The Consort has presented a regular concert series in the Melbourne Recital Centre for many years, and has also been invited to collaborate with groups such as the Rolling Stones, Kronos Quartet, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Song Company and La Compania.