Three magnificent masterworks – 110 singers and musicians!
Johannes Brahms’ GERMAN REQUIEM has been described as a “most profound and overtly emotional composition. A work of melting radiance”.
And now you have the opportunity of hearing this most beautiful and popular classical choral piece in this showcase Noosa Longweekend tribute to one of the world’s finest composers.
Conducted by Adrian King, Noosa Chorale and The Noosa Sinfonia will perform both the Requiem and The Song of Destiny, a short, powerful work of hope and consolation for the living.
Soloists in the Requiem are Gaynor Morgan and baritone Patrick Donnelly.
Gaynor is one of Australia’s leading sopranos. Before coming to Australia in 2005, Gaynor appeared in solo roles with English Touring Opera productions of Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote, Falstaff and Don Pasquale.
She later sang in Cosi fan Tutte in Germany and France.
As a concert soloist Gaynor has performed at major concert venues throughout the UK. This includes the world premiere of Elgar’s The Spanish Lady with Bryn Terfel. She has covered roles for Opera Australia and last year appeared as the Countess in Queensland Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. Like Gaynor, baritone Patrick Donnelly is celebrated for his operatic, oratorio and concert soloist repertoire. He has performed at major opera houses and concert halls in the UK, Italy, France, Germany and Spain.
He has been principal guest artist for Opera Australia as the Herald in Lohengrin and has sung with the Victoria State Opera (The Pearl Fishers and Figaro), Opera Queensland and State Opera of South Australia (The Barber of Seville and Figaro).
A plus for the program is the majestic Brahms DOUBLE CONCERTO featuring Rachel Smith (violin) and Louise King (cello). Rachel has been a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 1997 and has held Principal First Violin since January 2008.
Louise King is a modern and baroque cellist who has worked extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Egypt and Asia with the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has built up an enthusiastic following as a soloist since moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2003.
In 2002 Noosa Chorale sang Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus at the inaugural Noosa Longweekend and was voted among the festival’s top four events. International pianist Piers Lane was in the audience and he described the performance as “fantastic and exciting”.
This year’s showcase concert will be a musical experience to delight Chorale fans old and new.
Sunday June 26
$38 general admission
Duration 2.5 hours with interval
Noosa Bicentennial Hall, Noosa Heads
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