A glass of bubbly and some heady singing—that’s the promise from Noosa Chorale when it presents its 20th Anniversary Gala Concert Weekend at The J in Noosa Junction on October 18-19.
Music director Adrian King admits that a perfect pleasure for any conductor is selecting special music for special concerts.
And he agrees he has indulged himself with his selections of works from the western world’s greatest classical composers for the choir’s celebratory concert. “All of the music brings back lovely memories for me. Works such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah performed by us in 2007, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (2008), Haydn’s Creation (2009), Mozart’s Requiem (2010), Brahms Requiem (2011), Verdi’s Requiem (2013) and Handel’s Messiah in June this year 2014 are the cornerstones and foundations of the choral repertoire.
“And with additional gems from the 20th Century, including a Beatles Medley and Puccini’s Gloria, I believe our audiences will be delighted with this intensely musical program.
“Also, no musical celebration of any stature would be complete without Beethoven’s Choral Symphony. Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known works of the repertoire of classical music. Among critics, it is almost universally considered to be among Beethoven's greatest works, and considered by some to be the greatest piece of music ever written.
“The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony. The words are sung during the final movement by four vocal soloists and a chorus. They were taken from the Ode to Joy, a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with additions made by Beethoven. Indeed the concert commences with this joyful statement and work.
“Today, the composition stands as one of the most played symphonies in the world, and for this masterpiece of invention – and indeed the whole Gala Concert programme – the Chorale is delighted to welcome soloists of international and national acclaim – Liza Beamish (soprano), Jade Moffat (mezzo soprano), Andrew Pryor (tenor) and Jeffrey Black (baritone).
“Together with members of the Chorale and the Noosa Sinfonia, the performance of this kaleidoscopic programme with its extensive, wide-ranging and broad spectrum of styles will be a fitting celebration for our 20th anniversary,” Adrian said.
Noosa Chorale Gala Concert. Saturday, Oct 18, at 7pm and Sunday, Oct 19, at 2.30pm at The J, Noosa Junction. Tiered seating $38 (concession $35). Mezzanine $30. Price includes a glass of bubbly!). Bookings www.thej.com.au or 5329 6560.
Noosa Chorale 20th Birthday Gala Concert
The J, Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction
October 18th and 19th
Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2.30pm
Tiered seating $38 (concession $35). Mezzanine $30. Price includes a glass of bubbly!).
Bookings www.thej.com.au or 5329 6560.
The J, Noosa Junction
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