Vivaldi Gloria e Magnificat
Phoenix Choir Blue Mountains present two of Vivaldi’s best known choral works in a concert celebrating the great master composer of the Italian baroque. Musical director Rowen Fox conducts the choir and a professional string ensemble led by the accomplished Kanimbla Quartet. These works combine dramatic choral fanfares with intricate solo movements, including duets for two soprano soloists and guest oboe soloist.
Vivaldi’s Gloria is one of the most popular works in the choral repertoire, in which joyous choruses such as the opening Gloria and the uplifting Domine Fili unigenite contrast with the pained chromaticism of Et in terra pax hominibus, and the beautiful soprano solo with oboe obbligato, Domine Deus, Rex coelestis. This work pairs wonderfully with the finely wrought Magnificat to give a feast of Vivaldi’s choral music in a program which will also include other Italian works of the period sung a capella by the Phoenix Chamber Choir.
4pm on Saturday 16 May 2020
Hoskins Uniting Church, Lithgow; and
4pm on Saturday 23 May 2020
St Hilda’s Anglican Church, Katoomba.
Tickets $35 (concession $28) from phoenixchoir.org.au/tickets
Later in 2020 we have a complete change of mood with a performance of Rossini’s operatic Stabat Mater with four splendid soloists complementing the dramatic chorusses. This is scheduled for the weekend of 8/9 August and followed later in August by the Blackheath Choir Festival, where both the main choir and the chamber choir will perform.
We will finish off the year with Rheinberger’s The Star of Bethlehem, a Romantic cantata of the Christmas story in a special arrangement for wind ensemble by Rowen Fox, which Phoenix Choir premiered in 2017 to great acclaim.
For 2021, you can look forward to Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt in the middle of the year, a major project which we will perform with large choir and full orchestra under the Sing in the Mountains banner.