A centenary production of Bernstein's Candide and Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles join three 18th-century choral masterpieces.
The British composer has a choral work at Melbourne Festival, while the Australian Ballet is dancing to his music in Alice. In September, the Australian Ballet gave the Australian premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which features an original score by British composer Joby Talbot, who is fast building a reputation as one of the great composers for dance today. Reviewing the Melbourne opening, Limelight described Talbot’s score as “rich, colourful music, designed to match the eccentricity of the characters on stage”. In December, the AB will perform the production in Sydney. Meanwhile, tonight and tomorrow, Melbourne audiences will have the chance to hear a very different piece of music by 46-year old Talbot – an a cappella choral work called Path of Miracles, commissioned by award-winning British vocal ensemble Tenebrae in 2005. Joby Talbot. Photograph © Johan Persson Tenebrae has returned to Talbot’s masterpiece – which The Times described as “an evocative odyssey” – to celebrate its 15th anniversary. Pairing it with a new commission by Owain Park called Footsteps, the renowned vocal group has been performing Path of Miracles on a UK tour and now brings it to Melbourne as part of the Melbourne