Concerts

The 2017 Concert Season


The Armed Man

Saturday 1 April 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall


DAVID BURCHELL, conductor
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN
DUNEDIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Henryk Górecki: Totus tuus
Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace

In The Armed Man Karl Jenkins has fashioned a work that uses the ancient mass structure to communicate a powerful message for world peace. To this end, the composition uses texts from classic poets, biblical verses and the traditional mass, as well as from Muslim, Hindu, and Japanese sources. The music is powerful in its melodic simplicity and is cosmopolitan in its inspiration.

The work conjures images of war and the threat of The Armed Man, but ends with a simple chorale based upon an excerpt from the Book of Revelations, promising that “… God shall wipe away all tears… and there shall be no more death.” This must be the heart-felt prayer of us all: Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace).

The performance will be enhanced by the simultaneous showing of The Armed Man Film which was created to complement the music through historic and contemporary images of many aspects of war and its impact on the world. The choir and vocal soloists will be accompanied by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will begin with an a capella performance of Henryk Górecki’s Totus tuus. This work, subsequently acclaimed a contemporary classic, was written for mixed choir in 1987 to celebrate Pope John Paul II's third pilgrimage to Poland. The music repeats a simple chant form to slowly build a musical affirmation of faith.



Lullabies

Saturday 2 September 7:30 pm
Knox Church


DAVID BURCHELL, conductor
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN
COLUMBA COLLEGE & ST HILDA'S CHOIRS
SOLOISTS: Sophie Morris (soprano), Beth Goulstone (soprano), Alex Lee (baritone)
ORGANIST: Thomas Chatterton

Anthony Ritchie: Lullabies
Duruflé: Requiem

“Anthony Ritchie... one of the greatest composers of his time.”

The concert starts with a performance of Anthony Ritchie's Lullabies. It is a cycle of six songs, to be performed without a break, to poems by Elena Poletti, a Dunedin-based poet. Lullabies are common to all cultures, and are richly varied in their themes and moods.

The Requiem, a memorial to Duruflé’s father, is influenced by his study of Ravel, Debussy, Dukas and especially the Fauré Requiem, to which it pays homage. Maurice Duruflé wrote, “This Requiem is entirely composed on the Gregorian themes of the Mass for the Dead… (It) is not an ethereal work which sings detached from worldly anxiety. It reflects, in the unchangeable form of the Christian prayer, the anguish of man facing the mystery of his last ending…”



Brahms A German Requiem

Saturday 30 September 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall


CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN
DUNEDIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

This concert was presented by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Simon Over, Soprano: Rebecca Ryan, Baritone: Jarvis Dams



Handel's Messiah

Tuesday 12 December 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall


DAVID BURCHELL, conductor
SOLOISTS: Madeleine Pierard (soprano), Claire Barton (alto), Iain Tetley (tenor), Jared Holt (bass)
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN
DUNEDIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Messiah is heard around the world during the Christmas season, being greatly appreciated, admired and enjoyed. Handel began composing Messiah on August 22, 1741, and completed it twenty-four days later. The scholar Clifford Bartlett writes, “such speed was not unusual, nor was the time of year. Not much happened in London during the summer, so it was a good time to get ahead with the preparation for the next season...  Bach could produce a cantata, organizing the copying of parts, and rehearse and perform it every week: Three weeks to compose an oratorio without the immediate responsibility for organizing the performance was, therefore, ample. But, however hasty the composition, the power of the musical imagination, the wealth of ideas, the depth of inspiration, and the sheer variety of invention continue to astonish.”