Concert promises classic baroque
THE final Simply Classical concert for the year will take place on Sunday, November 26, in St Patrick’s Church.
For a theme, the committee chose the reflective rather than the merry aspect of the season, calling it A Baroque Christmas.
The concert is the perfect opportunity for an organ recital, and Libby Schmidt will get the concert going on this magnificent instrument.
Compere Barry Mason will have a few things to say not only about this, but other organs in Gympie churches, all of which have interesting histories.
From a rich baroque repertoire, the Gympie Strings, under conductor Lloyd Robins, chose the famous Air, by J.S. Bach, and a lesser known piece by Vivaldi, Nulla in Mondo.
Prominent violinist Anna Moores, who has worked herself into the position of concert master of the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra as well as the Davonski concert orchestra, will play a sonata by F. Handel, accompanied by Sue Allen.
Making music alongside Anna will be singer Louise Findley, who is frequently called upon to sing solos in their concerts.
For us she will invoke true Christmas spirit by singing an aria from Handel’s Messiah, How Beautiful are
the Feet, and also the famous Largo from the same composer’s opera Xerxes, Ombra ma fu.
The trumpet shall sound as well. Lloyd Robins isn’t only a capable conductor, but also one of the best regional trumpeters.
Together with Warren Brewer, who is on a similar level, they will fill that magnificent church to the rafters with movements from 12 sonatas for two trumpets by H. I. F. Biber.
To round off the program, Naomi Thurlow has promised an appearance of the James Nash Choir, although it is nearly the end of the year and students will be in vacation mood.
This group of young singers, under her leadership, is on a level far beyond what you would expect from a school choir.
Considering that at the end of the year Naomi always loses the oldest of her young singers, it comes down to her personal capacity to train her singers rather than the available talent.
This promises to be a rich program of all time favourites of baroque repertoire, as well as more obscure works which will stand their ground alongside the “stars”.
The concert starts at 2.30pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 concession and $6 for children. Afternoon tea will be provided.
GYMPIE BOUND: Anna Moores. Violinist