Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thank you for the music

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
"Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing; thanks for all the joy they're bringing"
- in the words of Abba

City of Dunedin Choir had a brilliant choral season, performing a wide range of works

Large work -  Bach's Mass in B Minor
Small work -  the Argentinian national anthem
New work -  Gareth Farr's Kaitiaki
Difficult work -  Walton's Belshazzar's Feast
Old work -  Beethoven's Sympnony No. 9
Fun work -  the Last Night of the Proms concert

and to top it all, last night,

Favourite work - Handel's Messiah

At the final rehearsal on Monday evening I was really impressed with Anna Leese (what's not to like!) and so, tweeting with Anna yesterday morning before the Messiah performance, I complimented her on having learnt the entire Messiah off by heart. Her response was that it makes it easier to "sing the message"! Judging from the review and the standing ovation from the audience, we must have been successful in singing the message last night.

Here is some feedback from patrons at the Messiah in the Regent:

"That was great! Very good; enjoyed it very much! Now we've had Messiah, Christmas can begin. Must go and get a tree tomorrow."

"The best Messiah I've heard in all my years in Dunedin! The choir was excellent - when the conductor shows you to... [hand gestures] you know, like "shut up" then everyone does, there's not a note out of place. It was brilliant!"

"absolutely electrifying"

From Stella Cullington: "As I’m not into twittering or Facebook I just wanted to give my thoughts as a member of the audience (having missed most rehearsals). The venue made for a very different and pleasant change. Sitting in the Star Circle I felt it was so much more intimate, and the closeness to the orchestra and choir made me feel part of the performance.  When I could refrain from following the alto line I really enjoyed hearing the Tune!  The sopranos were outstanding and so clear and accurate.  The lightness and precision of the more difficult choruses were  excellent.  And of course Anna Leese (sop) was the beautiful icing on the cake.  Well done!!"

Were you at the performance last night? What did you think? Please leave a comment - we love to get feedback from our patrons.

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