'Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.' Victor Hugo
Friday 8 December 2023, 7.30pm St Patrick's Cathedral Parramatta
River City Voices proudly collaborates with Ngarra-burria: First Peoples Composers program as their Ensemble in Residence. Witness history unfold as 50+ voices merge with pioneering composers – Marlene Cummins, Gavi Duncan, Tim Gray, Chris Sainsbury, Nicole Smede, and Elizabeth Sheppard.
Experience music that transcends genres, weaving personal tales and diverse experiences into emotionally charged compositions. This concert celebrates First Peoples culture and reinvigorates the Christmas carol, while boldly reimagining classical music.
Sarah conducted River City Voices on the platform of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as part of our iconic House's 50th birthday celebrations. Watch the livestream here; RCV features at the 32.00 minute mark.
Willoughby Symphony launched its 2024 season, which includes Sarah conducting Dvorak's 'Stabat Mater' with the Willoughby Symphony Choir. Read the Limelight article here.
In June we were thrilled to receive an Australia Council grant to premiere and tour OCDiva. Check out our OCDiva page for information about upcoming NSW performance locations and dates.
This is the second grant the project has received, with Dr Eve Klein from The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Music being awarded an Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups grant by the Australia Council for the Arts to work in collaboration with singer/performer Yasmin Arkinstall. Read more here.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
We're arts & event professionals with 30 years' combined experience in the industry. Penicka-Smith Arts & Event Management is our way to bring together Mel's dynamism, eye for detail & quick thinking, with Sarah's vision, creativity, & communication. Together we have worked with community choirs, orchestras, & choral festivals, produced chamber & children's operas, led international choir tours, & provided consultancy services to amateur & professional organisations. Click the links to find out more about our partnership & our professional pursuits.