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Octagon Ensemble
Date / Time: 12/07/2020 2:30pm
Venue: Knox Church
City: Dunedin
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Octagon Ensemble presents music by Benjamin Britten, Eriks Esenvelds, Henry Purcell, Carlo Gesueldo, Kerensa Briggs, Dan Forrest & a Bob Chilcott arrangement of a U2 song. We also present the world premiere of a Shannon Wellington piece. Music by African-American composer Rosephayne Powell will be performed in recognition of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement.

Music Director - John Buchanan
Artistic Advisor & Vocal Coach - Tessa Romano
Organ - David Burchell
Piano - Sharon McLennan
Percussion - Daniel Dance
Strings - Sally Couper, Craig Monk, Anna Peterson and Alan Starrat

Conductor: John Buchanan
Contact: John Buchanan
Email: jbuchanan@xtra.co.nz
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Octagon-Ensemble-Dunedin-114326446774342/
Ticket prices: Adults $20 ; Students $15 ; School Students free
Songs for Humanity
City Choir Dunedin
Date / Time: 01/08/2020 5:30 pm
Venue: Knox Church
City: DUNEDIN
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We dedicate this performance to the many thousands of people worldwide who have died in the COVID-19 pandemic. The music has been chosen for its message of hope, comfort and peace.

The highlight of this concert is Gabriel Fauré’s popular and very human Requiem mass.  Written in the late 19th century and purely ‘for the pleasure of it’, Fauré described his Requiem as a lullaby of death and of a happy deliverance, rather than a painful experience.  With distinctive colour and expressive shaping, it is sensitive, passionate and uplifting. Two young and aspiring Dunedin soloists, Scott Bezett and Caroline Burchell, will join City Choir in this performance.

Three contemporary works complete the programme.  New Zealander Christopher Marshall’s Pastorale, a work for men’s voices and soprano solo, is a setting of Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my shepherd’.  Marshall has created a distinctive sound-world with strings, organ and shimmering vibraphone rhythms which provide a background to the men’s chorus and a soaring solo voice.

Song of the Universal, composed by the Norwegian, Ola Gjeilo, is a work for women’s voices, strings and piano.  Gjeilo is one of the most frequently performed contemporary choral composers.  Now resident in the US, he creates a distinctive sound-world, evolving a style that is often described as cinematic and evocative, with a lush, harmonious sound.  A prayer for ‘health, peace [and] salvation universal’ could not be more appropriate in these anxious times.

Completing the programme is Dona nobis pacem (‘Grant us peace’) by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, now one of the most influential and praised European contemporary composers.  Dona nobis pacem is an atmospheric and a tonally static work with chant-like melodic lines.  Although only three words are sung throughout, the enriched texture and increasing harmonic tension impart a pleading, and at times almost anguished intensity to the text before it ends in serenity and hope.

We are delighted that the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra will once again provide their excellent accompaniment to the choir’s voices.

Conductor: David Burchell
Contact: Leta Labuschange
Phone: 027 684 4118
Email: info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz
Website: https://www.citychoirdunedin.org.nz/p/tickets.html
Ticket prices: Adult $35, Concession $25, Student $10, Child free
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