Esplanade Presents | A Tapestry of Sacred Music

Music

John Tavener’s Flood of Beauty (UK, Singapore)

17 Apr 2015Fri
7.30pm
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Concert Hall
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$28*, $48**, $68

Concessions for students, NSFs and senior citizens: $18*, $38**

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Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra
Jason Lai, conductor
Allison Bell, soprano
Marcus Farnsworth, baritone
Ng Pei-Sian, cello
Nawaz Mirajkar, tabla
Nadarajan Kathirgamu, sitar
Adrian Chiang, assistant conductor
Leonard Tan, assistant conductor

Conservatory Chamber Singers
ONE Chamber Choir
SYC Ensemble Singers
The Vocal Consort
Jennifer Tham, choral director

A unique classical music experience that puts you in the middle of the performance, so that the audience “as it were, ‘surrounded’ by bliss and beauty” (Sir John Tavener).

“powerful, emphatic moments in Flood of Beauty, and a spirit of idealism went abroad” – Sunday Times

“decidedly rhapsodic and, as always with Tavener, beguiling.” – The Observer

“Any notion of a composer loosening his grip on experimentation is ripped apart by Flood of Beauty…a piece of complexity, dramatic progression and beautifully poised moments of melancholy…the audience are transfixed by the sonic virtuosity.” – Morning Star

A Tapestry of Sacred Music presents renowned British composer Sir John Tavener’s last major work. Spaced around the audience—with Indian instruments completing the ensemble—musicians set out to achieve Sir John’s intention of creating music that “whirls around the building”, in a uniquely immersive musical experience.

Based on 9th-century poet-philosopher Sankara’s poem Saundarya Lahari, this work praises the Hindu god Siva’s female consort Devi, who empowers creation, sustenance and guidance of the world. It is a work that is representative of Sir John’s perennial theme of the Divine Being.

Produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
In collaboration with Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and SYC Ensemble Singers
Co-commissioned by the Barbican, London and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

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