“Karakorum was perhaps the most pronounced exploration of both music and belief I have encountered” Sydney Scoop
“The concert has an atmosphere at times of exuberance and buoyancy, but also unexpected discovery and enigmas” Sydney Arts Guide
“Wonderful expression of world music with the added bonus of Wenham's wonderful narration” Broadway World Australia
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The ‘medieval world folk’ ensemble, La Camera delle Lacrime, joins the Brandenburg in a performance that follows one man’s quest to convert the Great Khan to Christianity in the Mongol capital, Karakorum. The man was William of Rubruck, and this theatrical musical voyage is based on his manuscript and itinerarium.
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Be transported back to the 13th Century on an expansive musical journey, exploring Christian, Islamic and Eurasian worlds. Members of the Brandenburg Choir joins La Camera delle Lacrime, who perform on an eclectic range of rare instruments, for a moving performance of forgotten hymns, melodies and chants.
This haunting show will evoke each of the remote locations on William of Rubruck’s vast trip. Cross from west to east, from concert hall to theatre – on a mysterious, cultural, and spiritual journey.
La Camera Ensemble
English narration by David Wenham
“I wanted to introduce an English narration to guide us through Rubruck’s great journey, and I imagined the voice of David Wenham,” says Paul. “I’m happy to announce that David Wenham has come on board for this project, which is a dream come true. I’m excited about the chance to collaborate with one of Australia’s great acting talents on such a unique and theatrical project.” - Paul Dyer, Artistic Director
David Wenham is one of Australia’s most respected actors, acclaimed for his diverse performances in film, theatre, and television. David’s film credits include Lion, Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers and Return of the King, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Moulin Rouge, and many more.
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French musical ensemble La Camera delle Lacrime is based in Sémaphore de Cébazat, Clermont Auvergne Métropole. This ensemble is supported by French Ministry of Culture / DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Regional Council of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and Bureau Export: French Music around the world.
Paul Dyer AO Artistic Director and Keyboard David Wenham Narrator Constantine Costi Director Members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & Choir
La Camera delle Lacrime (France) Bruno Bonhoure voice, music director Khaï-dong Luong stage director, scenography Mokrane Adlani oriental violin Martin Bauer fiddle, kâmanche Michèle Claude percussion Yan Li erhu Christophe Tellart flutes, pipes, hurdy-gurdy
John Rayment Lighting Designer Michael Costi English Text
MUSIC An exotic pasticcio created by Bruno Bonhoure and Khaï-dong Luong featuring Asian melodies, Buddhist hymns, Sufi chants and more.
Concert duration will be approximately 90 minutes with no interval. Please note concert duration is approximate only and is subject to change.
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