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BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 19/06/2021 7.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity Cathedral
City: Auckland
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It was the death of Brahms’ mother and the desire to create a memorial to his friend Robert Schumann that makes this music so intensely personal. Brahms wrote,

“[For the title] I would gladly give up the [word] ‘German’ and simply put ‘human.’”

In Clara Schumann’s words it is “… an immense piece that takes hold of one’s whole being like very little else, and combined with all the magic and poetry, has a wonderful, deeply moving and soothing effect.”

With its radiant messages of humanity, consolation and ‘comforting the living’, the Requiem caused a sensation and made Brahms famous, virtually overnight.

Brahms created this so-called ‘London’ version of ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’ in 1869 as a four-hand piano version of the complete work incorporating voice and orchestra parts. It was not, therefore, simply a reduction of the orchestral parts, but a re-imagining of the entire work.

 

.Joanna Foote, Soprano

James Harrison, Baritone

 

Rosemary Barnes, Piano

Juan Kim, Piano

Auckland Choral

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

 

7.30 pm

Saturday, June 19

Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Conductor: Uwe Grodd
Contact: Carey McDonald
Phone: 0274031222
Email: cmcdonald599@gmail.com
Website: Aucklandchoral.com
Rest: Fauré's Requiem and Songs of Remembrance
Supertonic
Date / Time: 19/06/2021 7.30pm
Venue: Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
City: Wellington
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Supertonic is delighted to announce its first concert for 2021. Join us on Saturday 19 June for a warming winter evening of musical meditation.

Under the direction of Isaac Stone, Rest: Fauré’s Requiem and Songs of Remembrance will take place in the magnificent Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

The audience will be treated to the 1893, seven-movement version of Fauré’s Requiem, accompanied by a moving array of works from across the globe to complement Fauré’s beloved choral lament. Written in 1887, the ‘first’ version of the Requiem, the only one for which any manuscripts survive, consisted of five movements. Fauré wrote the Requiem from a personal selection of texts, laying emphasis on motifs of rest and peace. A masterpiece written in Fauré’s ecclesiastical style, the Requiem was written to be appreciated with ease, described by Fauré himself as a "lullaby" and "happy deliverance".

This concert will explore the theme of remembrance through a collection of pieces including Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing by Herbert Howells, written to honour the memory of J.F. Kennedy; Y Comienzo a Bailar, a poem about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by Elizabeth Alexander and Indodana, a traditional South African song arranged by Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmit.

Supertonic is a 64-strong SATB Wellington choir that takes pride in presenting a variety of contrasting musical styles. This concert is our opportunity to perform an ambitious arrangement of classical music supported by the rich acoustic of Wellington Cathedral. Whether this is your first or fiftieth time enjoying Fauré’s Requiem, this evening of traditional choral entertainment will be sure to satisfy your musical fascination.

Tickets are available from Supertonic's website: https://www.supertonic.org.nz/

Conductor: Isaac Stone
Email: info@supertonic.org.nz
Website: https://www.supertonic.org.nz/
Beyond the Border
Viva Voce
Date / Time: 20/06/2021 4.00pm
Venue: St Matthew-in-the-City
City: Auckland
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Our borders have been boarded up and our shores shut for well over a year now, as most overseas travel becomes a fond but fading memory. Until we’re all free to roam again, let Viva Voce rekindle for you those treasured reminiscences and exciting adventures, while suggesting some new ones for when your vaccine passport arrives! We’ve packed a suitcase of sassy and sentimental songs to accompany us on our musical voyage of (re)discovery across the globe: madrigals, folksongs, a shanty, pop and swing numbers – all celebrating exotic destinations or the exotic ways we travel to them. After the nostalgic pangs and twinges of delight this concert delivers, you’ll be ready for your jab.

Conductor: John Rosser
Contact: Sue Fletcher
Phone: 022-120 0680
Email: info@vivavoce.org.nz
Website: www.vivavoce.org.nz
Winter Harmony
A Capella Singers, The Ensemble, FEMME, Dimensions & Momentum
Date / Time: 20/06/2021 2:30pm
Venue: First Presbyterian Church, Tay Street, Invercargill
City: Invercargill
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A Capella Singers and The Ensemble join with local secondary school choirs FEMME, Dimensions and Momentum to bring you music to chase away the winter chills. Each choir will present their own items and at the conclusion will join together to sing the beautiful 'My Heart's in the Highlands' by Donna Gartman Schulz

Conductor: Christine McLeod, Sarah Rae & Michael Buick
Contact: Christine McLeod
Phone: 027 270 5557
Email: amusingsoprano@gmail.com
Website: www.acapellasingers.org.nz
It's not just a quiz night!
The Vocal Collective
Date / Time: 24/06/2021 6.30pm
Venue: Halo Bar and venue, 66B Wharenui Rd
City: Christchurch
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Enjoy an evening of competition and entertainment with the The Vocal Collective at this year's 'Not Just a Quiz' night. Fun and entertaining, show off your amazing trivia skills, win fantastic prizes, and be treated to the sounds of one of the best choirs in the city.

Spot prizes, silent auctions and raffles. Cash bar available for food and beverages.

Our previous fundraiser quizzes were sell out events, so make sure you get your tickets early.

Get your teams ready - 6 max per table ($100 per table or $20 each)

Pre ordered platters $50 per table.

Click here to book online or see website.

Conductor: Richard Marrett
Contact: Sue Bealing
Phone: 02102 728919
Email: info@thevocalcollective.co.nz
Website: www.thevocalcollective.co.nz
Winter Solstice
Rangiora Community Choir
Date / Time: 27/06/2021 2pm
Venue: Rangiora Methodist Church, King Street Rangiora
City: Rangiora, Christchurch
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A selection of songs to celebrate the winter season.

Performance begins 2pm followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea.

Conductor: Merle Brown
Contact: Kat Tobin
Phone: 02102247666
Email: rangioracommunitychoir@gmail.com
Voices Found
Christchurch City Choir
Date / Time: 03/07/2021 6:30pm
Venue: St Andrew's College Chapel
City: Christchurch
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Join Christchurch City Choir for an evening of music by female composers through the centuries.

Conductor John Linker has selected music including works by Hildegard Bingen, Isabella Leonarda, Fanny Hensel Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger, Gillian Weir and Jenny McLeod among others.

Performing for the first time in the beautiful chapel at St Andrew's College the Choir continues in a year of 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Concert Sponsor: Ryman Healthcare

Conductor: Dr John Linker
Contact: Mandy Perry
Phone: +64274287748
Email: info@citychoir.co.nz
Website: citychoir.co.nz
Music for the Spirit
The Cecilian Singers
Date / Time: 10/07/2021 5 pm
Venue: Oxford Terrace Baptist Church
City: Christchurch
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The major drawcard for this concert is our Special Guest, Jeremy Woodside. Not only will Jeremy be performing  a stunning organ solo, he is also accompanying some of our repertoire, and has composed a piece specially for us, which will receive its Premiere at this concert. Our repertoire  ranges from Purcell, through the Romantics -  Faure and Mendelssohn -  to twentieth-century music by Gustav Holst and Benjamin Britten, coming up to the 21st century with Don Macdonald and Jeremy Woodside.

Conductor: Rosemary Turnbull
Contact: Julia Arden
Phone: 033128667
Email: julia.arden@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.cecilians.com
50 Year Celebratory Concert
North Shore Male Choir
Date / Time: 25/07/2021 2.00 pm
Venue: St George's Church, Takapuna
City: Auckland
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Join us in 50 year old Celebratory Concert.

Songs and Stories from Around the World

Conductor: Lynn John
Contact: Peter Swan
Phone: 09 488 9093
Email: jnpswan@gmail.com
Website: www.northshoremalechoir.nz
I Was Glad
Orpheus Choir Wellington
Date / Time: 07/08/2021 7.30pm
Venue: Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
City: Wellington
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Orpheus Choir Wellington is delighted to present a programme featuring an all-star lineup of soloists with Music Director Brent Stewart.

I Was Glad is a programme of two halves. Accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, the programme first explores awe-inspiring works from Parry’s glorious anthem, I Was Glad, to Hopkin’s mysterious Past Life Melodies - featuring harmonic overtone singing. To finish, Orpheus Choir Wellington is thrilled to bring together soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo Margaret Medlyn, and bass Wade Kernot in a performance of Szymanowski’s masterpiece, Stabat Mater. This work combines traditional liturgical text with Polish folk music, fluctuating between powerful drama and poignant sorrow.

Conductor: Brent Stewart
Contact: Nigel MacIntyre
Phone: 021-245-0067
Email: administrator@orpheuschoir.org.nz
Website: https://orpheuschoir.org.nz/
I Was Glad
Orpheus Choir Wellington
Date / Time: 08/08/2021 3.00pm
Venue: Te Raukura ki Kāpiti
City: Kapiti
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Orpheus Choir Wellington is delighted to present a programme featuring an all-star lineup of soloists with Music Director Brent Stewart.

I Was Glad is a programme of two halves. Accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, the programme first explores awe-inspiring works from Parry’s glorious anthem, I Was Glad, to Hopkin’s mysterious Past Life Melodies - featuring harmonic overtone singing. To finish, Orpheus Choir Wellington is thrilled to bring together soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo Margaret Medlyn, and bass Wade Kernot in a performance of Szymanowski’s masterpiece, Stabat Mater. This work combines traditional liturgical text with Polish folk music, fluctuating between powerful drama and poignant sorrow.

Conductor: Brent Stewart
Contact: Nigel MacIntyre
Phone: 021-245-0067
Email: administrator@orpheuschoir.org.nz
Website: https://orpheuschoir.org.nz/
Bach Musica NZ: Rodrigo and Rachmaninov
Bach Musica NZ
Date / Time: 12/09/2021 5PM
Venue: Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
City: Auckland
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The most famous guitar concertos of all time, followed by Rachmaninov’s favourite work, the choral symphony The Bells. Featuring international stars Barkin Sertkaya, Paul Whelan and more.

Vivaldi Guitar Concerto 

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez 

Rachmaninov The Bells op. 35 (choral symphony)

PRESENTED BY Bach Musica NZ orchestra & chorus:

Rita Paczian: Conductor
Barkin Sertkaya: Guitar
Chelsea Dolman: Soprano
Patrick Power: Tenor
Paul Whelan: Bass

Conductor: Rita Paczian
Email: admin@bachmusica.com
Website: https://bachmusica.com/
Light
Auckland Choral
Date / Time: 18/09/2021 7.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity Cathedral
City: Auckland
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From the resplendent energy of Jonathan Dove’s motet ‘Vast Ocean of Light’ to the serenity and warmth of Eric Whitacre’s ‘Lux Aurumque’, this concert explores various composers’ responses to light.

‘Lux Aeterna’ is a tranquil, light-filled piece, which is at the same time transportive and transcendent; penned by one of America’s best-loved choral composers, Morten Lauridsen.

The young choir, Virtuoso Voce, from Diocesan School for Girls, joins Auckland Choral for David Hamilton’s award-winning ‘American Triptych’, setting three texts by American poets on the subject of music and specifically the art of singing; and in ‘A Blessing of Light’, Mezzo

Soprano Sarah Court is the soloist.

Completing the programme is Handel’s ‘Largo of Love’ – Ombra mai fu, the opening aria in the opera ‘Serse”, as well as Philip Smith providing nourishment for lovers of

organ music.

DOVE Vast Ocean of Light

LAUDRIDSEN Lux Aeterna

HAMILTON American Triptych

A Blessing of Light

HANDEL Ombra mai fu

BACH Organ Concerto in C major, BWV 595

WHITACRE Lux Arumque

Sarah Court, Mezzo Soprano

Philip Smith, Organ

Virtuoso Voce

Auckland Choral

Pipers Sinfonia

Uwe Grodd, Conductor

7.30pm

Saturday, September 18

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Ticketmaster

Conductor: Uwe Grodd
Contact: Carey McDonald
Phone: 0274031222
Email: admin@aucklandchoral.com
Website: Aucklandchoral.com
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