The Conservatorium Choir comprises a significant number of Conservatorium students, along with breadth students from across the University. This concert is the culmination of their semester's rehearsals focusing on one of the most beautiful and simple masses, Schubert's Mass in G. This will be performed in an arrangement for two pianos, soloists, and choir, with student soloists from the Conservatorium.
We will also be performing some recent works of composer and organist Calvin Bowman. Dr Bowman is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and was the first Australian to graduate with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, with the assistance of a Fulbright scholarship. Calvin is a renowned organist having appeared as soloist with many of the principal Australian orchestras. As a composer, his principal focus is on the writing of artsong.
Singers who have sung Calvin's songs include Emma Matthews, Sara Macliver, Greta Bradman, and Jacqueline Porter. Sir Neville Marriner, who has conducted Calvin's songs, describes them as 'gems of the twenty-first century'. This performance will be conducted by Rick Prakhoff, conductor of the Conservatorium Choir and Sessional Lecturer in Conducting. Rick is a freelance conductor with a repertoire of over 20 operas and musical theatre works along with an extensive orchestral and choral repertoire. Rick has conducted the Conservatorium Choir since 2010 and is also the conductor of the Melbourne Bach Choir and Chamber Choir.
Admission: Free, bookings required. Please book via Eventbrite