In 2017 the Orpheus Choir of Wellington is presenting two special concerts in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, featuring masterworks from the choral repertoire, for a special price.
Concert 1:Â Chichester Psalms, 29 April 2017
Concert 2: Faure’s Requiem, 30 September 2017
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In 2017 the Orpheus Choir of Wellington is presenting two special concerts in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, featuring masterworks from the choral repertoire.
The first is Bernsteinâs Chichester Psalms, an exciting mixtureÂ of this beloved composer’s musical-theatre characteristics. Included is musicÂ that Bernstein had cut from West Side Story, now set toÂ three psalms in their original Hebrew, and numerous otherÂ psalms. The mood alternates between joyful exhilaration,Â moments of violent frenzy, and moving appeals for peace.
Also included in the programme is James MacMillanâs Seven Last Words from the Cross. Widely regarded as one of MacMillanâs finest achievements, his Seven Last Words is aÂ work of dramatic intensity. This cantata follows Christâs finalÂ utterances at the Crucifixion. With its mysterious qualities andÂ glowing tone in the soft, contemplative passages, to the agonising cries of human despair, this promises to be a genuinely moving experience in every way.
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The Orpheus Choir is proud to be partnering with Wellington Orchestra to present Ravelâs greatest orchestral work. Conceived as âa vast musical fresco,â Â Ravel deploysÂ massive forces, including chorus, with utmost precision. Every glowing, evocative barÂ of it is a masterpiece.
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In the second of the Orpheus Choir’s 2017 subscription series, experience one of the greatest choral works of all time,Â live in a great cathedral acoustic.
Â âIt has been said that my Requiem does not express theÂ fear of death, and someone has called it a lullaby of death.Â But it is thus that I see death: a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painfulÂ experience.â FaurĂ©, 1902
Also included in the programme is Mozartâs Mass in C MajorÂ (Sparrow Mass). Counterpoint is almost completely lackingÂ in this work; in its place, one finds an abundance of tender orÂ sentimental tunefulness with accessible folk-like themes. AndÂ what of that nickname? Just listen to the early measures of the Sanctus and the Benedictus, and you will hear the organ imitate the song of that ubiquitous bird. Perhaps there was a strayÂ sparrow outside the Mozart’s window, or perhaps they even hadÂ one as a pet. All we know is that Wolfgang apparently couldnâtÂ get the birdâs chirping out of his mind. Almost two and a halfÂ centuries later, we hear it still.
Brent Stewart: Conductor
James Clayton: Baritone
Lisa Harper-Brown: Soprano
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The Orpheus Choir is delighted to partner with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to present Handel’s
Since its premiere over two centuries ago, hardly a Christmas has gone by without a performance of George Frederic Handelâs magnificent Messiah.
While that first performance used only 24 singers, Handelâs music becomes truly resplendent when gifted grander forces. Conductor Brett Weymarkâs massed choir performances of Messiah often contain more than 400 singers and are a highlight of the Sydney music calendar. This Christmas, Maestro Weymark will unite the NZSO and the mighty Orpheus Choir to perform Handel on a dazzling scale.
Such glory requires soloists of the highest order. Australian soprano Celeste Lazarenko is renowned for her âelectrifyingâ performances, while her fellow Australian, the Wagnerian mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble, is a vocal powerhouse. Kiwi tenor Jonathan Abernethy is an emerging international opera superstar and Mobil Song Quest winner Jared Holt is a bass of pedigree and power.
Brett Weymark: Conductor
Celeste Lazarenko: Soprano
Deborah Humble: Mezzo-Soprano
Jonathan Abernethy; Tenor
Jared Holt: Bassmore info