Concert programmes 2013

    HANDEL'S MESSIAH

    Soloists Carleen Ebbs, Christie Cook, Frank Carter, Jared Holt

                                 21 - 23 December 2013

    St Paul's Church, Tennyson Street, Napier


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    Verdi – Wagner - Greatest Hits
    Featuring - Anna Pierard and Patrick Power, choir and orchestra


    12 & 13 October

    Well-known opera choruses, arias and overtures included:
    Verdi - Chorus of Slaves – Nabucco; Anvil Chorus - II Trovatore
    Gloria All’Egitto – Aïda; Overture – La forza del destino
    Wagner - Chorus – Tannhäuser; Prelude, Bridal (Wedding) March – Lohengrin

    "The 60-plus singers were in fine voice and gave confident performances of all the items in some very expressive and well-balanced singing. --- The rich sound of the famous Hebrew Chorus from Verdi's Nabucco and the noble sounds of the Chorus from Wagner's Tannhauser showed the choir at its best.  ---- The male voices acquitted themselves very well in Miserere Chorus and the exciting Triumphal Chorus made a brilliant finale to the concert.---- Soloists -- Anna's  expressive singing-- dramatic presentation --- and Patrick made significant contributions to the programme." (Excerpts from the review by Peter Williams for HB Today)
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    Requiem – Verdi 
    International soloists, choir and orchestra
    Soprano - Lisa Harper-Brown, Wellington
    Mezzo-soprano - Anna Pierard
    , Napier
    Tenor - Derek Hill
    , Auckland
    Bass - Pelham Andrews, Adelaide


    19 & 21 April

    "This was a truly dynamic performance -- gaining the rapt attention of all the large audience -- who were immediately on their feet at the end in excited appreciation. The choir sang with complete assurance, projecting huge contrasts in dynamics, --- beautifully controlled soft singing, excellent clarity and balance in the numerous passages & (during) shattering moments of climax.  --- the four soloists always singing magnificently and with great confidence.  The orchestra provided numerous instrumental highlights.  A special music experience for all privileged to be present."  Reviewed by P Williams 
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     Maria Theresa Mass - Haydn; Bach & Handel Arias
    This concert continued the flavour of the choir’s recent midyear concerts by showcasing emerging talent. The first part of the programme comprised solo selections from Bach's St Matthew's Passion and Handel's Messiah and the performance of Coronation Anthem, Zadok the Priest and the Hallelujah Chorus.

    6 & 7 July

     Vocal soloists -Daniela R Cepeda, Christie Cook, Tehezib Lathiff, Joel Amosa, Jehanne Amzal