Saturday, February 3, 2018

Grief to Joy, Music for Easter

Grief to Joy, Music for Easter
Saturday 7 April 2018, 7:30 pm
Knox Church, 449 George Street, Dunedin

CLAIRE BARTON, mezzo-soprano
DSO ensemble

City Choir is pleased to present music to celebrate the hope and renewal that is the promise of Easter.

We welcome the Main Street Singers from Los Altos, California, and their director and conductor, Mark Andrew Shaull. The Main Street Singers will contribute a selection of choral music to the programme. Currently celebrating the ensemble's Thirty Third Anniversary Season, the Main Street Singers continues to perform a wide variety of works, ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary. The acclaimed group's accomplishments have been earmarked by consistently high caliber of repertoire, performed with expressive skill and musical nuance. The Main Street Singers is committed to the pursuit of choral excellence, a dedication and discipline which can be found in every performance.
Main Street Singers

City Choir Dunedin will perform three works:

Bach's Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (Rejoice, your hearts) is a cantata composed for the second day of Easter, and first performed in 1724. Bach structured the cantata in six movements, an exuberant choral opening, a set of recitative and aria for bass, another such set for alto and tenor, and a closing chorale taken from the medieval Easter hymn Christ ist erstanden. The music expresses moods of mourning and fear which should be overcome, but especially exhilarating joy. A string ensemble from the DSO will join the organ for this work.

Guiseppe Verdi's Stabat Mater (1896) is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her anguish and suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. Verdi used his operatic skills to set the drama of Christ's crucifixion, mirroring the words with the full chorus thundering anger at the crucifixion. The mood changes at the end where the high voices sing an ascending pattern in the sublime closing Paradisi gloria.

Lo, the full, final sacrifice is a festival anthem for choir and organ, composed by Gerald Finzi in 1946. The anthem's text memorializes the celebration of the Eucharist. Regarded as some of Finzi's finest music, the expressive lines, colourful accompaniment and dramatic choral writing make this a great favourite in the choral repertoire. The first chorus entry has been described as 'magical', and the closing eight-part Amen is one of the most remarkable and poignant pieces of choral writing of its period.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Subscriptions to the 2018 Concert Season are now open

City Choir Dunedin, 2017. Photo Ian Thomson.
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Grief to Joy: Music for Easter

Saturday 7 April 7:30 pm, Knox Church

Bach: Cantata 66 Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen
Verdi: Stabat Mater
Finzi: Lo, the full, final sacrifice
   and more...

Jazz Café

Saturday 6 October 7:30 pm, Dunedin Town Hall

City Choir is letting its hair down with an evening of jazz music from Broadway to Dunedin! We’ll be transforming the Town Hall into a café, complete with two coffee bars, a wine bar and snack bar. Join us for a relaxed evening of enjoyable jazz - where anything is possible!

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