Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral") Op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven
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19 and 20 June 2004 are the dates for a blockbuster Noosa Shire musical event. It will be the first time in 10 years that a full symphony orchestra has performed in Noosa. And to add to the excitement and splendor of the event, the Brisbane Sinfonia will be performing the magnificent Beethoven 9th Symphony (Choral Symphony).
For Noosa Chorale the event will be a great way of celebrating 10 years of singing classical choral masterpieces.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony is perhaps his greatest composition, acknowledged as one of the cornerstones of classical music. Since 1824 it has been one of the icons of the symphonic repertoire, a monument against which all others are compared. Its final movement is a majestic choral finale, the jubilant Ode to Joy.
'I am thrilled that Noosa Chorale has been able to partner with the Brisbane Sinfonia to bring the full power and grandeur of the Beethoven 9th to our Noosa Longweekend audiences', says Musical Director of Noosa Chorale, Leonard Spira.
'The work demands a big choir and a big orchestra and that is what audiences will get at our June performances,' says Leonard. 'We will have over 70 singers in the Chorale and 70 musicians in the Brisbane Sinfonia orchestra.'
Beethoven's setting of the Ode to Joy, has made this symphony not only a musical masterpiece but a visionary experience for the audience. Its power and universal appeal has been used by all sides of politics to support their vision of a better world. In 1988 it was used as a symbol of hope and freedom at the fall of the Berlin Wall.
One hundred and eighty years after it was composed, the Beethoven's 9th Symphony still succeeds in spellbinding audiences with its aesthetic beauty and its deeply spiritual message of hope for the future of humanity.
Noosa Chorale celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It was formed in early 1994 at the instigation of its current patron, Joseph McMahon, who saw a gap in the cultural life of Noosa. The Chorale's aim is to bring to the people of the Sunshine Coast the rich repertoire of the great classical choral works. In 2002, it added Renaissance compositions and choral arrangements of jazz classics to its repertoire. It has become a cultural landmark in Noosa with a loyal and enthusiastic audience and a core of experienced long term members.
The current Musical Director of Noosa is Leonard Spira.
Noosa Chorale has been a permanent and popular feature of the Noosa Longweekend. It performed Handel's JUDAS MACCABAEUS in 2002 and OPERA GLORIA in 2003, combining Puccini's Gloria Mass with highlights from Verdi operas. OPERA GLORIA was sold out a month before the performance.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Noosa Chorale is pleased to offer its audience in 2004 the wonderful experience of hearing Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It is proud to present this concert in partnership with the Brisbane Sinfonia. Both the Chorale and the Sinfonia have performed the Beethoven 9th before and will combine their musical talents to make the Noosa Longweekend 2004 concert a truly memorable and moving experience.
The Brisbane Sinfonia was formed in 1990 in response to the need for an orchestra capable of professional performance standards drawing on the talent and energy of people from all walks of life. From humble beginnings the Sinfonia has had marked success, due in great measure to the efforts of the founder and Artistic Director Antoni Bonetti.
The Sinfonia's annual concert program provides an entertaining mix of the standard orchestral repertoire and less well known works including contemporary Australian composers. Performing mainly in Brisbane and regional centres throughout South East Queensland, the orchestra works regularly with soloists from the Queensland Orchestra and Queensland Conservatorium of Music as well as leading Brisbane choirs such as the Queensland Philharmonic Choir.
This year for the first time, Brisbane Sinfonia will be performing in Noosa with Noosa Chorale. For larger scale works, the Sinfonia frequently combines with other orchestras including the St. Peters College Orchestra and Brisbane Philharmonic. Recent performances by a combined orchestra have included Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture' and Graeme Koehne's 'Powerhouse'. In past years, soloists have included Alan Smith - concertmaster of the Queensland Orchestra, Oleg Stepanaov - lecturer in piano at the Conservatorium, soprano Elizabeth Dawson and pianists Juliet Hoey and Jan Lockwood. The 1998 Gala Concert, featuring Oleg Stepanov, won critical acclaim and favourable comparison with Brisbane's full time professional ensembles.
Noosa has been very fortunate in attracting many people of outstanding talent and commitment. One such person is Leonard Spira, the Musical Director of Noosa Chorale.
Born in Poland, Leonard Spira arrived in Australia when he was five. He received his musical training in Melbourne and studied horn at the Melbourne Conservatorium.
He has played professionally in the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras under many eminent conductors.
He began his conducting career in 1963 when he formed the Victorian Opera Company (later the Victorian State Opera) conducting a large and varied repertoire of opera and operetta until 1968. During this time he also formed his own opera company, the Leonard Spira Opera Company, whose performances received high praise from critics.
In the 1980's, he formed and directed the Sydney Occasional Orchestra, Sydney Serenade, a chamber orchestra, and Sydney Harmonie, a classical wind octet.
Leonard also pursued a career in architecture and directed the Sydney Opera House renovations during the Opera House major refurbishment program in the 1980's.
Since his arrival in Noosa, Leonard has directed Noosa Chorale and the Occasional Orchestra which has accompanied the Chorale on many occasions and also put on concert performances of major orchestral works.
Under Leonard's direction, Noosa Chorale has performed an impressive range of works including Handel's 'Messiah', Mozart's 'Requiem', Verdi's 'Requiem' Beethoven's Choral Symphony, Haydn's 'The Seasons', Bach's B Minor Mass as well as highlights from opera.
Leonard received official recognition of his contribution to the community when Noosa Council awarded him the Australia Day Cultural Award in 1999.
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