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Wednesday 27 September 2023 at 8pm
St Patrick's Cathedral

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Joseph Nolan organ
Choir of Trinity College Melbourne
Christoper Watson chorus director
Mia Robinson soprano
Mary Finsterer curator


Gregorian Introit for Mass on the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Assandra Duo Seraphim
Gorczycki Omni die dic Mariae
Victoria O magnum mysterium
Praetoriua Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Mariano Garau Parce Domine

*World premiere of an MSO Commission
Mary Finsterer's position as MSO's 2023 Composer in Residence is generously supported by Kim Williams AM.

About this performance

Over the centuries, there has been a vast array of music composed founded in beliefs, which carries with it, amongst many other things, a most powerful image. The music that springs from Marian tradition, from the 12th century to this day, has as its single dedication, the poignant moment where a mother is witness to the suffering of her child.

The Stabat Mater has its foundation in a prophecy of Simeon, who foretold that a sword was to pierce the heart of Jesus' mother, Mary (Luke 2:35). This hymn then depicts the true outcome of that foretelling in Mary’s presence at the foot of the cross during the crucifixion of her Son.

In a program of sacred works spanning more than eight hundred years, this iconic image, a singular theme that has reverberated through the ages, is featured within the tradition and space of the magnificent St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Duration: approx. 75 minutes, no interval

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