J S Bach: Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (“Great”), BWV 542 | Artley: O Magnum Mysterium | MacMillan: A New Song | Mendelssohn: Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise); Symphony No. 2

 

Not one but FOUR Hymns of Praise!

Mendelssohn’s mighty Lobgesang, (“Hymn of Praise”) is also his second symphony. Composed for the 400th anniversary of the Gutenberg Bible, it praises God and the spiritual power of words, so Mendelssohn uses the emergence of words in Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony as the model for this majestic “Symphony-Cantata”.

Opening the concert is the “Great” G-minor Fantasia and Fugue — the most highly praised of Bach’s works in that form: a harmonic revolution in the Fantasia and a masterpiece of counterpoint in the Fugue.

New Zealand composer Chris Artley sets his spacious music in praise of the birth of Christ in O Magnum Mysterium, and Scottish composer James MacMillan creates new sounds of praise in A New Song.

Overall, a complete Festival of Praise!

Anna Leese, Soprano
Catrin Johnsson, Mezzo-Soprano
Jaewoo Kim, Tenor
John Wells, Organ
Auckland Choral
Pipers Sinfonia
Uwe Grodd, Conductor

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.co.nz or phone 09 970 9700.
Prices $42-95, concessions available.

 

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  • Josephine Shakira

    With a long history in music and performance, Josephine was singing in choirs from the age of 5. She has had the privilege of singing under Dr Raymond White, Sir David Willcocks (Kings College, Cambridge) and was a member of the New Zealand National Youth Choir with Professor Peter Godfrey from 1985 – 1988.

    Josephine’s eclectic tastes took her into a multitude of performance genres, including Opera, voiceover for TV and Radio jingles, singing in Rock and Punk bands (although some might have labelled that screaming) Street Theatre, and a Children’s Entertainer with ‘The Aunties.’  She has a degree in Education, and qualifications in Film and Multi-Media.

    Josephine works as an Alternative Therapist and Empath.  In January 2015, she returned to classical music, joining Auckland Choral as an Alto 2.

     
  • Richard Sorrenson

    Richard has been singing in choirs and choruses since he was in the Auckland Boys Choir, conducted by Neil Shroff.  Subsequent choirs have included NZ Youth Choir with Peter Godfrey and Viva Voce and NZ Opera Chorus with John Rosser. To sing the great works under the direction of Uwe Grodt has been a real privilege and to join with the orchestra in all its majesty at rehearsal and in performance is always a thrill.

     
  • Yvonne Gwyn

    I joined Auckland Choral as a second soprano in 2015, just in time for a crash course learning the Messiah in six weeks, and have thoroughly enjoyed it since. I sang a lot through school and university, but didn’t sing much for the 10 years prior to joining Auckland Choral.  It’s great to be singing again!  Every rehearsal is fun, and I always leave feeling more upbeat than when I arrive after a day at work. I particularly enjoy baroque and early music, so it was a highlight of 2016 to sing Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium.  Although one of the joys of Auckland Choral is getting to know a piece in depth that you wouldn’t have otherwise paid attention to.

    Outside Auckland Choral I am a public transport planner, cycle tourist, and medieval re-enactor.  I love part singing, especially of early music, play the recorder, and am slowly learning to play the rebec and treble viol.

     
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