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David Brubeck's
To Hope: A Celebration
A jazz-inspired setting of the Mass


Will Todd's
Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles
“Echoes, memories, pictures and sounds of a city: and the words and music that spring from it all.”

With the participation of The Gabriel Singers, Canberra Girls Grammar School

7.30 pm Friday 18 October
Canberra Girls Grammar School Chapel
Melbourne Avenue, Deakin

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About the concert

To Hope! A Celebration was Brubeck’s first encounter with the Roman Catholic Mass, written at a time when he belonged to no denomination or faith community.

It was commissioned by Ed Murray, the editor of the Catholic periodical Our Sunday Visitor, who wanted a serious piece on the revised Roman ritual, not a pop or jazz Mass, but one that reflected the American Catholic experience. Brubeck became a Roman Catholic in 1980 after completing To Hope!. It is classically conceived, but features many of the elements of Brubeck's jazz idiom as well as gospel, middle eastern chant, and blues .

To Hope! has been performed throughout the world, including in the former Soviet Union in 1997 (when Russia was considering adopting a state religion) and for Pope John Paul II in San Francisco during the pontiff’s 1987 pilgrimage to the United States.

Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles was commissioned by London’s Bach Choir in 2016 as part of their Outreach program. It is a collaboration between composer Will Todd and one of the UK’s most celebrated children’s authors Michael Rosen. It is an energetic tour de force about Todd’s beloved London – the bright lights, the contrast between old and new, the vibrancy and changing landscapes, the romance and cosmopolitan diversity.

Michael Rosen describes this 25 minute cantata as:
“Echoes, memories, pictures and sounds of a city: and the words and music that spring from it all.”

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