Monday, July 20, 2015

Sea and Land

Saturday 8 August 2015, 7:30 pm at Knox Church

Conductor: David Burchell
Mezzo-soprano: Claire Barton
Tenor: Samuel Madden
City Choir Dunedin with St Kilda Brass Band
Pianist: Sandra Crawshaw

City Choir Dunedin presents Sea & Land, a programme of diverse and colourful music from around the world. Accompanied by the award-winning St Kilda Brass Band, and featuring pianist Sandra Crawshaw, the Choir will also be joined by mezzo-soprano Claire Barton and tenor Samuel Madden.

Songs of Sea and Land is a collection of seven New Zealand folk songs, arranged for choir by Auckland composer David Hamilton. He has arranged the accompaniment for brass especially for this performance. The songs mostly have a sea-faring theme, reflecting the importance of the sea in the early years of the European settlement of New Zealand.

The Rio Grande was written by Constant Lambert in 1927, and it achieved instant and long-lasting fame and is performed almost worldwide. Set to a poem by Sachaverell Sitwell, it is an example of symphonic jazz, not unlike the style of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, although it is very much Lambert’s individual conception. It combines piano, band and choir with jazzy syncopations, ragtime and Brazilian influences, ‘big band’ harmonies and rhythms and the traditional English choral sound.

Also on the programme is a variety of folk songs from around the world, reflecting the diverse origins of contemporary New Zealanders, and including a group of traditional Afrikaans songs arranged for this concert by David Burchell.

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