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The rotation of the earth by Stuart Greenbaum

While we don’t directly feel the constant physical rotation of the Earth, we observe the Sun rising in the east and setting in the west.  We synchronize our clocks to this daily cycle and organize our lives accordingly.  Each new day brings something new and this piece is written in the spirit of finding anything good, beautiful, joyous and worthy along the way.  It was commissioned by the Hush Foundation in support of adolescent mental health and written for the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO Collective as a partner for Hush 18. The premiere performances were given at Angel Place, City Recital Hall, Sydney on 16 September 2018 and the following evening at Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre on 17 September.

Capture the spirit of Christmas with Victoria Chorale and the Art of Sound orchestra in the beautiful setting of St Paul’s Cathedral.     

  • Vivaldi's brilliant Gloria, a sublimely uplifting work 

  • A selection of joyous Christmas carols.

  • Stuart Greenbaum’s delightful work The Rotation of the Earth.


Please note:  All performers will be doubly vaccinated and all audience members over the age of 12 must show their Covid Vaccination Certificate.

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Samantha Hargreaves - Soprano

Samantha holds a Masters of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of Melbourne.  As part of her course, she has sung Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Sandman in Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea  (Monteverdi), and studied Blanche from Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc).  Samantha has sung as a cantor and soloist in churches across Melbourne.  This year, she was named Singer of the Year by the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir and was the recipient of the Bettine McCaughan Scholarship awarded by ANATS.

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Esther Gresswell - Alto


Esther is an established mezzo-soprano who has performed many roles including the Third Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier with Melbourne Opera (2018) and Tessa in The Gondoliers with Savoy Opera (2018).  She has also covered the roles of Cherubino and Marcellina in the international tour of Le Nozze di Figaro with the Australian International Opera Company (2019).  Esther is a current member of the Richard Divall Developing Artist Program with Melbourne Opera.  This year Esther debuted in the ensemble with Opera Australia in their Melbourne season and will cover the role of Rossweisse in Melbourne Opera's upcoming production of Die Walkure as well as perform as a Madchen in their  production of Kurt Weil's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

Mario Dobernig - Conductor


Mario is the Artistic Director and Conductor for Victoria Chorale and the Art of Sound Orchestra.  His dynamic conducting has delighted audiences and attracted many singers to the choir.  Recent performances include Mozart vs Salieri at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Requiems by Gounod and Duruflé, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Brahms’s Requiem and Alto Rhapsody; Beethoven’s Mass in C, Symphony No. 1, Eroica and Pastoral Symphony.


Australian performances with other musical groups include conducting at Hobart’s MONA FOMA and festival appearances with Electronic Dance Music Producers.  Mario’s international work includes conducting annually in Europe and leading the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha. 

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