Con­cert prom­ises clas­sic baroque

The Gympie Times - - LIFE -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GYMPIE BOUND: Anna Moores. Vi­o­lin­ist

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