ORIANA CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA READY FOR SPECTACULAR WEEKEND CONCERT
The Sunshine Coast’s renowned Oriana Choir will present Mozart’s Requiem this Saturday and Sunday at The Events Centre Caloundra, and St John’s Cathedral Brisbane. Conducted by internationally acclaimed choral and orchestral director, Andrew Wailes, the choir will be joined by Sinfonia of St Andrew’s and soloists Elisabeth Wallis Gaedtke, Soprano, Anne Fulton, Alto, Philip Prendergast, Tenor, and Shaun Brown, Bass. The choir and orchestra will also present Sunrise Mass, a stunning modern sacred work by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.
Performance times are:
The Events Centre, Saturday, May 15th at 7.00 pm
St. John’s Cathedral, Sunday, May 16th at 1.30 pm
Oriana has performed many concerts in the past with orchestral accompaniment. Regular choir supporters and patrons will recall several presentations of Handel’s Messiah – the most recent being at the Caloundra Events Centre, with the QSO; earlier performances of Mozart’s Requiem; The Armed Man with the BSO; Bach’s Magnificat; Haydn’s Te Deum, and more. This time around, music lovers are in for a very special treat!
On Mother’s Day, the choir came together for a rehearsal with our soloists, and The Sinfonia of St. Andrew’s. The way choir and orchestra gelled, almost from the first note together, was quite amazing. Much of that is down to Music director, the incomparable, internationally acclaimed Andrew Wailes, who has done a superb job of preparing both choir and orchestra for this presentation. It feels as if the collaboration is a match made in some sort of musical heaven.
“Congratulations to everyone for working so hard up to this point,” said Choir President Melissa Innes, at the end of yesterday’s marathon four hour rehearsal. “I love this moment when we experience something this incredibly rewarding coming together.”
The two works, the Requiem and Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass are very different in mood, atmosphere and musical structure. Mozart’s masterpiece features a 28 piece ensemble, encompassing strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. The Sinfonia is totally up to the task of producing a huge sound when it is called for, but just as capable of playing exquisitely and with tenderness.
For the Sunrise Mass, the Sinfonia is scaled down to its string sections, whose accompaniments vary from minimal, almost haunting passages supporting delicate choral singing, to powerful (but not over-powering) support of full, multi-harmony work from the choir. There are also passages of beautiful, controlled a cappella singing, which provide a lovely, spine-tingling contrast to the accompanied sections.
The acoustic environments of the Events Centre and the Cathedral are quite different. St. John’s lofty building has a 5 second reverberation, whereas The Events Centre has a drier acoustic. This means that the conductor has to adapt to the characteristics of both venues, to ensure that audiences can enjoy the same clarity and purity of sound. Oriana’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 2019 provided solid assurance that Andrew will take good care of choir, orchestra, soloists and audience.
Oriana has performed on a number of occasions in both venues. Both are very enjoyable experiences for the choir, who are committed to presenting the very best performance of which they are capable. With the passion of Oriana, the excellence of guest soloists, and the sheer brilliance of The Sinfonia of St. Andrew’s, audiences are certain to have a most gratifying musical experience. One of Oriana’s baritones summed it up by quoting John Lennon – “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”
Performances of the Requiem and Sunrise Mass will be at:
The Events Centre, Caloundra, Saturday, May 15th at 7.00 pm. Book your tickets at the venue or phone 54914240.
St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, Sunday May 16th at 1.30 pm. Book your tickets at trybooking.com.
The Events Centre, Caloundra
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