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by stapletonm
posted 14/07/2017

Arts Thursday 13th July 2017.


A poet, two artists, and a conductor.

This Arts Thursday, Maisy Stapleton spoke with conductor Brett Weymark who is leading a host of teenage singers and musicians in a massed choral concert featuring Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas – whose miracles and good deeds were the original model for Santa Claus.

The concert will be presented by the Sydney Chamber Choir in the Great Hall of Sydney University on Sunday 23rd July at 3pm and include the 12th century music of Hildegarde von Bingen and Bach’s Furchte Dich Nicht (be not afraid).

Brett’s lively conversation included insight into the music and the joy of singing as well as his thoughts on working with a choir of over 50 young people!

For further information and bookings go to: www.sydneychamberchoir.org

juliette points paolo

Then I speak with Juliet Holmes a Court, one of two artists who worked with poet Paolo Totaro to give visual expression to his poetry in an exhibition The Trembling Man now at the Palm House in the Botanic Gardens.

The exhibition explores Paulo’s life from his childhood in Naples, including the experience of war and his recent encounters with Parkinson’s disease. Both Juliet and artist Ruth Levine respond to Paolo’s poetry – Ruth through sculpted vessels and Juliet through paintings and drawings.

Paolo Totaro’s poem, The Trembling Man, read by the poet can be heard here.

For further information on the exhibition which finishes on Sunday 16th July go to: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/whatson/trembling-man

For information on the artists – Paolo Totaro go to: http://www.paolototaro.com.au/

Juliet Holmes a Court: http://www.julietholmesacourt.com/About/

and Ruth Levine: https://www.studiolevine.com/about

The book of Paolo’s poems is available at the exhibition, with proceeds going to the Shake It Up Foundation: https://shakeitup.org.au/

The whole program can be heard through the Arts Thursday page http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ by clicking on the date 13th July.

And if you want further information on the exhibition and its making – watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80oyFXMCqs8 by Maria Stoljar

Join Maisy Stapleton fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday for conversations with leaders in the arts and regular coverage of Sydney’s exciting arts events.

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