Apr
29

Orpheus Choir 2017 subscription series

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul TBC

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: Chichester Psalms, 29 April 2017

Concert 2: Faure’s Requiem, 30 September 2017

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Adult subscription only $50, student subscription only $20

Hear Music Director Brent Stewart preview James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross

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Apr
29

Chichester Psalms - Concert 1 of 2017 subscription series

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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 Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, an exciting mixture of this beloved composer’s musical-theatre characteristics. Included is music that Bernstein had cut from West Side Story, now set to three psalms in their original Hebrew, and numerous other psalms. The mood alternates between joyful exhilaration, moments of violent frenzy, and moving appeals for peace. Liam Squire features as the boy soprano solo.

Also included in the programme is James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross. Widely regarded as one of MacMillan’s finest achievements, his Seven Last Words is a work of dramatic intensity. This cantata follows Christ’s final utterances at the Crucifixion. With its mysterious qualities and 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.

Joining us is Wellington’s own Thomas Gaynor who returns home to play the organ for this concert.

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Aug
05

Daphnis and Chloe

Michael Fowler Centre 7:30pm - 9:30pm

The Orpheus Choir is proud to be partnering with Wellington Orchestra to present Ravel’s greatest orchestral work. Conceived as “a vast musical fresco,”  Ravel deploys massive forces, including chorus, with utmost precision. Every glowing, evocative bar of it is a masterpiece.

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Sep
30

Fauré’s Requiem - Concert 2 of 2017 subscription series

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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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, live in a great cathedral acoustic.

 “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death, and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.” Fauré, 1902

Also included in the programme is Mozart’s Mass in C Major (Sparrow Mass). Counterpoint is almost completely lacking in this work; in its place, one finds an abundance of tender or sentimental tunefulness with accessible folk-like themes. And 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 stray sparrow outside the Mozart’s window, or perhaps they even had one as a pet. All we know is that Wolfgang apparently couldn’t get the bird’s chirping out of his mind. Almost two and a half centuries later, we hear it still.

Brent Stewart: Conductor

James Clayton: Baritone

Lisa Harper-Brown: Soprano

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Dec
09

Handel's Messiah

Michael Fowler Centre 7:30pm - 10:00pm

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 Handel’s magnificent Messiah.

While that first performance used only 24 singers, Handel’s music becomes truly resplendent when gifted grander forces. Conductor Brett Weymark’s 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 ‘electrifying’ 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: Bass

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