|March 23, 2013|
|4:00 pm||to||6:00 pm|
Please note that Josie and the Emeralds' concert originally advertised for Saturday 23 March, 4pm at Glebe Town Hall will now begin at 5pm, at St Johns Church, Glebe, corner of St Johns Rd and Glebe Point Rd. This is a short walk from Glebe Town Hall.
I am very sorry for the inconvenience but this is due to circumstances outside our control.
The concert will be presented without an interval and will end at about 6pm.
If you have already purchased a ticket and this new time is no longer convenient to you, please reply to this e mail and I will arrange to reimburse you.
But for those of you who can still come, we look forward to seeing you and very much value your support. Of course, you are in for a treat with some beautiful music!
In one of the first concerts in the newly renovated Glebe Town Hall, The Glebe Music Festival presents Josie and the Emeralds in Traveling to the Question: Renaissance and contemporary music with two of Sydney’s most beloved early music sopranos, Josie Ryan and Belinda Montgomery and Sydney’s premiere viol consort: The Emerald City Viols.
After their second triumphant appearance at the Glebe Music Festival, Josie and the Emeralds are presenting a special concert with the celebrated U.S. viola da gamba player, Mary Springfels. Mary Springfels is one of the most sought-after viola da gamba players in the U.S. and this will be her only concert appearance in her brief visit to Sydney. For this concert Mary will perform as soloist and as co-musical director with Brooke Green.
Josie Ryan and Belinda Montgomery are two of Sydney’s leading early music sopranos and this is a rare chance to hear them sing together.
The Renaissance part of the programme is both sacred and secular, including sumptuous music for Lent and Holy Week, a Palm Sunday masterpiece, heart-rending madrigals and witty, fascinating, brain twisting instrumental music by Weelkes, Jenkins, Tye, Parsons, Picforth, Byrd and Hume.
On the contemporary side, Josie and the Emeralds will perform some of Brooke Green’s recent work as well as two premieres. L’esprit rigole completes her suite for viol consort that was partially premiered at the Glebe Music Festival in 2012. Traveling to the Question, for two sopranos and five viols is a commission where Brooke was asked to reference the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Nick Cave and Martin Heidegger. How could one even think of combining these seemingly incompatible elements? Come along to find out!
Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe Now at 5pm, at St Johns Church, Glebe, corner of St Johns Rd and Glebe Point Rd
Saturday March 23, 5pm $30 (full price), $25 (students and pensioners)
limited seating, bookings advisable via this link or go to
Critical acclaim for Josie and the Emeralds
‘the viols wrap around each other as lovers, entwined in a sensual dance of melody and meter.
“…obvious excellence and discipline…”
“…the ensemble allows us to savour Gibbons’ talents without distraction, since its members communicate his compositions not merely flawlessly, but resplendently…”
“Ryan’s vocals clarion, yet superbly controlled, defined and refined, with no shrill or sharp edges.”
In Edwards and Kats-Chernin we’ve two of our finest treasures, but another came to the fore in this concert, in the eccentric and daring compositional skills of Green herself.
Review of Gibbons and the New: Josie and the Emeralds, Glebe Music Festival, 2012, by Brad Syke, Australian Stage 08/01/13