• Wednesday 9th September 2020
  • 7.30pm–8.15pm
  • Time and Place: Celebrating 100 years
  • Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
  • Virtual World Premiere
  • Live stream via Facebook

The world premiere of a newly commissioned work Human Waves by acclaimed Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin AO and librettist Tamara-Anna Cislowska will be part of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ centenary celebrations.

One of the nine movements that make up the composition was inspired by the taxi stories of the Eid brothers, on display at the Immigration Museum (co-curated by Christine Eid and Moya McFadzean).

Human Waves is an exploration and celebration of Australia’s diversity as envisioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Artistic Director Brett Weymark.

Due to the current pandemic the live concert was transformed into a digital experience. Over two hundred choristers from around the world, archival imagery, Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska on piano, Jess Ciampa on percussion will be interspersed with interviews that share the stories behind the music.

The digital premiere Time and Place will open with an extract from Deborah Cheetham’s AO Tarimi Nulay – Long Time Living Here sung in the Gadigal language of Sydney’s first peoples with text by Matthew Doyle.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Elena Kats-Chernin

Tamara-Anna Cislowska

Discover the stories of the Eid Brothers at the Immigration Museum