Now we have resumed rehearsals we aim to post our plans for 2022 shortly. We expect concerts in July and later in the year and a performance at The Blackheath Choir Festival in August.
Meanwhile below are some details of the concert we managed to achieve at the start of 2021.
Vivaldi: Gloria e Magnificat
Phoenix Choir Blue Mountains will 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 will conduct the choir accompanied by the accomplished Kanimbla Quartet. These works combine dramatic choral fanfares with intricate solo movements, including duets for two soprano soloists.
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 an instrumental work performed by the quartet with Janette Norcott as continuo.
The concert is in the magnificent Hoskins Uniting Church in Lithgow. This iconic stone church in the gothic perpendicular style set in autumnal Sorensen gardens is an idyllic setting and fabulous accoustic for the Vivaldi, as well as being a large venue where we can practice our Covid safe plan.
Sunday 11 April 2021 at 4pm
Hoskins Uniting Church, Lithgow