Concerts

The 2020 Concert Season



St Matthew Passion 

Saturday 4 April 7:30 pm
Christchurch Town Hall

Principal Sponsor: Cuningham Taylor Law
DR JOHN LINKER, conductor
DAVID BURCHELL, organ
SOLOISTS: Iain Tetley (Evangelist), Scott Bezett (Jesus), Lois Johnston (Soprano), Claire Barton (Alto), Andrew Grenon (Tenor), Malcolm Leitch (Bass)
Presented by CHRISTCHURCH CITY CHOIR & CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN
ChristChurch Cathedral Choristers

One of the great Easter oratorios, Bach’s St Matthew Passion begins in the turmoil of Jesus’s last days in Jerusalem and ends with his crucifixion and burial. Christchurch City Choir is proud to present this work just prior to Easter in keeping with its story. With over 250 musicians on stage, this performance will be epic.

St Matthew Passion is one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s greatest creations, revealing layers of meaning in the text. The music is dramatic, passionate and emotional. Surprises abound!



Celebrate Peace 

Saturday 1 August 7:30 pm
Knox Church

DAVID BURCHELL, conductor
SOLOISTS: Caroline Burchell (soprano), Scott Bezett (baritone)
DUNEDIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

City Choir Dunedin presents a programme of choral music to celebrate peace. Whether it's peace of mind or universal peace you're after, it begins here with the ever-popular Faure Requiem and contemporary works by Peteris Vasks: Dona nobis pacem, Ola Gjeilo: Song of the Universal, and Christopher Marshall: Pastorale. "Peace is liberty in tranquility" said Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), one of Rome's greatest philosophers.



Ode to Joy 

Saturday 22 August 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall
Presented by Dunedin Symphony Orchestra

SIMON OVER, conductor
SOLOISTS: Anna Leese (soprano), Kate Webber (alto), Jonathan Lemalu (bass), tenor tba
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN

Regarded by some as one of the supreme achievements in the history of Western music, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Ode to Joy, is also one of the most performed symphonies in the world. Based on Schiller's 'Ode to Joy', it finishes with a celebration of the unity of humankind, a theme still topical today.



Beethoven's Big Birthday Bash 

Saturday 19 September 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall
Presented by Dunedin Symphony Orchestra

For this special event to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday, community and student musicians will work together with their DSO counterparts to create a mass community orchestra and choir performing extracts from the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN will join everyone on stage for this celebration.



Magnificent Christmas 

Saturday 28 November 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall

DAVID BURCHELL, conductor
SOLOISTS
DUNEDIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

City Choir Dunedin presents a programme of choral music for the Christmas season. The programme will include Bach's Magnificat, Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, and other Christmas-themed works to inspire and bring joy.



Christmas Carols @ Otago Museum

December (date to be announced)
Otago Museum

DAVID BURCHELL, conductor
MARK ANDERSON, assistant conductor
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN

City Choir Dunedin will delight you with an hour-long programme of Christmas music at the Otago Museum. This event is free!
Accompanists: Roland Storm and David Burchell