Early Bird tickets to Noosa Chorale's 2005 Noosa Longweekend concerts are on sale at $18 until the end of March. The regular price will be $25.
Noosa Chorale and the Suncoast Sinfonia will perform Dvorak's The Phantom's Bride on Saturday 18 June at 7pm and on Sunday 19 June at 3pm.
In the Sunshine Coast premiere of this work, musical director, Leonard Spira, will take Noosa Longweekend audiences on an exciting journey to Eastern Europe through the Czech nationality of its composer and the theme of its story.
Dvorak's score mixes Czech folk-style melodies with a damsel-in-distress melodrama and it stands out among Dvorak's choral works for its vigour. It combines a gripping edge-of-seat narrative with an inspired score, which enhances the story with vibrant orchestral colour and moods.
By the early 1880's, the forty year old Antonin Dvorak had an international reputation as a composer. His distinctive nationalistic music, with its flowing melodies and robust rhythms, had captured audiences throughout Europe, England and America.
In 1884, the City of Birmingham, host of great choral festivals, commissioned Dvorak to write a work for its 1885 season. Having been given a free hand, Dvorak chose a ghostly folk tale by the Czech writer, E J Erben. The Phantom's Bride is a story which turns up in various guises in many central European cultures. It tells how a dead man comes back to claim the girl he loved and take her away to his nether world. He deceives the girl into believing he is still alive and the girl follows him. Just before the point of no return she suddenly realises that he is an evil phantom and escapes his deadly clutches with divine help.
For this premiere Sunshine Coast performance, Leonard Spira has prepared a modern English version and arranged it in the form of a musical drama - a Gothic tale of temptation, seduction and redemption.
Renowned soprano, Louise Kennedy will call on her international operatic experience, beautiful voice and powerful dramatic qualities to portray Eva, the bride. Brisbane tenor, Robert Proudfoot, will bring his excellent record of singing awards and experience to the part of the Phantom. Versatile talented bass, Michael Strasser, will be the Fabulist who tells the story.
Noosa Chorale welcomes the Suncoast Sinfonia as its orchestral partner in this concert. The Suncoast Sinfonia, under the direction of Graeme Young, has developed over recent years into the Coast's leading chamber orchestra. The June Noosa Longweekend performances of The Phantom's Bride will be conducted by Noosa Chorale's musical director, Leonard Spira, and the orchestra will be led by acclaimed musical identity Julie-Anne O'Reilly.
For early bird tickets phone 5474 2902.
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