Christine Anu: The Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival, Thursday Island

 

Queensland Music Festival returns to Thursday Island to present a concert featuring the Ailan Kores Choir and special guest Christine Anu, as part of the region’s biennial Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival on the evening of Friday 21st September at Ken Brown Oval.

The Ailan Kores Choir, which was formed in 2011 as the centerpiece of QMF’s highly successful concert of sacred choral music, has been rehearsing on Thursday Island since July.

The Choir will perform traditional songs of the Torres Strait backed by Australia’s leading contemporary chamber music ensemble Topology and the University of Queensland’s Zelman String Quartet.

Multi-Aria Award-winning entertainer Christine Anu is especially honoured to be returning to her birthplace to join the celebrations. She will perform a number of songs with the Choir, as well as a special rendition of My Island Home with lyrics translated into Saibai and Mabuiag dialects.

According to QMF Artistic Director James Morrison, the concert will feature a mix of traditional songs and be accompanied by a chamber group playing western classical musical instruments.

“We are grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity to perform at the Winds of Zenadth Festival,” Mr Morrison said.

“We have had a fantastic experience in lead up to the concert, travelling to Thursday Island, Horn Island, Saibai, Mabuiag and Poruma, sourcing songs which will be sung in the three main languages of the Torres Strait.

“This concert is set to showcase the immense local talent and the unique connection of Torres Strait Islanders to music.”

For the last four months, local music teacher Lee Strickland has been bringing the 50-strong choir together each week to sing through the repertoire, which has been skillfully prepared by QMF’s musical director and arranger Damian Barbeler.

Cygnet Repu, a celebrated singer and composer from Mabuiag Island, has been commissioned to write a new work to be premiered at the QMF concert.

The Choir and musicians meet for the first time on September 18 before three final days of intensive rehearsals, culminating in the twilight performance on Friday 21 September.

The Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival is held every two years on Thursday Island. This celebration of Torres Strait Islander culture brings together performers from the 18 inhabited islands of the Torres Strait. Dance groups that include singers and drummers perform and compete across the four-day festival from 18-21 September.

The choral concert is presented by Queensland Music Festival with the generous support of Ergon Energy, Torres Strait Regional Authority, the Regional Arts Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts.

QMF is a state-wide celebration of music with a vision to transform lives through unforgettable musical experiences.

The Festival presents the best of local, national and international talent performing every conceivable style of music to Queenslanders from all walks of life, in Brisbane, and in regional and remote centres from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast.

With record audiences of 178,000 people, QMF’s most recent Festival in July 2011 featured a staggering 202 events in Brisbane and 34 regional and remote centres throughout Queensland.

AILAN KORES CHOIR WITH TOPOLOGY & THE ZELMAN STRING QUARTET

THE WINDS OF ZENADTH CULTURAL FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER @ TWILIGHT
KEN BROWN OVAL, THURDAY ISLAND
WEB: qmf.org.au
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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT