Fauré’s Requiem - Concert 2 of 2017 subscription series

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


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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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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