The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir (SGLC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary year by commissioning a new choral work from Australian composer John Peterson, to debut on November 5.

Under the musical direction of Sarah Penicka-Smith, the world premiere performance of Dreams and Visions will showcase the talent of the choir, joined by mezzo-soprano Julia Wee, baritone Paul Smith, pianist Gareth Chan, and a professional string quartet.

Peterson took inspiration from the experiences of the gay and lesbian community over the past 20 years, and drew on sources including Henry Lawson, Walt Whitman and the choir’s patron, the Hon Michael Kirby. The resulting work is described as “a sweeping meditation on the human condition”.

Commissioning Dreams and Visions was made possible by a $10,000 City of Sydney grant to the SGLC under the Cultural Grants and Sponsorships program.

INFO: Dreams and Visions, Marrickville Town Hall, November 5. www.sglc.org

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