Songs to stir pas­sions

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Gold Coast City Choir (pic­tured) will add a spe­cial touch to Good Fri­day, per­form­ing An Easter Story in Song at Mudgeer­aba. Di­rected by Ruth Gurner (in blue, above), a for­mer in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralian opera singer, the one-hour show tells a story of the pas­sion of Christ. ‘‘I have staged it and we have done it a cou­ple of times,’’ Gurner says. ‘‘It’s a lovely story that is very mov­ing. We have some won­der­ful voices in the choir, and there will be so­los, duets and trios.’’ The first item – An­to­nio Vi­valdi’s Glo­ria – is the most pop­u­lar piece of sa­cred mu­sic by the cel­e­brated 18th cen­tury com­poser. ‘‘This mu­sic has been cher­ished for over 200 years and will be loved for all time. Vi­valdi’s Glo­ria will stir ev­ery emo­tion in your be­ing,’’ Gurner says. She says the sec­ond piece, ti­tled I Re­mem­ber, is a beau­ti­ful can­tata that was com­posed by the Gold Coast’s own Leon Powrie. ‘‘A can­tata is a vo­cal com­po­si­tion, usu­ally sa­cred-texted, typ­i­cally of sev­eral move­ments with in­stru­men­tal ac­com­pa­ni­ment and choir,’’ Gurner says. ‘‘It’s a very spe­cial show and we are hop­ing to get a nice crowd along. It’s an ap­peal­ing and an up­lift­ing story.’’

Gold Coast City Choir per­forms at Church Good Shep­herd, 4 Tar­rant Drive, Mudgeer­aba, to­mor­row (Good Fri­day) at 8.30am.

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