Thursday, February 7, 2013

Join us for Nature's Bounty on 23 March

Nature's Bounty
Saturday 23 March 7:30pm, Knox Church

City Choir has commissioned New Zealander Christopher Marshall to write a new choral work to mark our anniversary year. For What Can Be More Beautiful? uses texts extolling the wonders of nature, including one from 1876 by an early Dunedin seed merchant, William Reid, which gives the piece a distinctive Otago flavour.

Complementing this will be the Choir’s evocative and colourful 1988 commission by Jack Speirs, Cantico del Sole, the ‘Canticle of the Sun’ based on words by St Francis of Assisi.

Celebrating the Choir’s musical heritage we will perform the Victorian masterpiece Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. This oratorio describing the splendours of an American-Indian banquet rivalled Messiah and Elijah in popularity amongst English-speaking choirs in the early decades of the 20th century and was performed at least three times by the Dunedin Choral Society.

These three works combine to create a musical palette which is contemporary, dramatic and romantic – and is a great way for us to begin our year-long celebration.

Soprano - Grace Park and Tenor - Matthew Wilson
with the Southern Sinfonia conducted by David Burchell

Tickets will soon go on sale!

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