Luminous - Sydney Opera House
About Luminous - SOH
A multi-sensory concert experience presented by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Our 2005 collaboration with artist Bill Henson, Luminous, was a ground-breaking, cross-genre musical and visual feast. Celebrating 10 years since our last performance of Luminous, we’re bringing it back, revived and refreshed, with brand new imagery, updated repertoire and guest vocals from indie Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter Lior.
Henson’s haunting, dramatic photography remains the visual focus. His night-time urban landscapes and moody explorations of sensuality – twilight zones between day and night, male and female, youth and adulthood, urban and rural settings – form the background to a meditative soundscape.
This revival features new imagery and music spanning Britten and Janáček to R.E.M., and the centrepiece is Pēteris Vasks’ pensive violin concerto, Distant Light.
The music in Luminous includes Britten’s Corpus Christi Carol, R.E.M.’s I’ve Been High, Pēteris Vasks' sublime violin concerto Distant Light, featuring Richard Tognetti as soloist, and music by Purcell and Janáček.