Serumula to stage red car­pet show

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE choral group of the Serumula Per­form­ing Arts Academy (SPAA) is set to per­form Lud­wig Van Beethoven’s Mass in C Ma­jor, Op. 86 in a red car­pet event slated for Le­hakoe Club on 9 April 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the event’s Project Mar­ket­ing Co­or­di­na­tor Matiea Rakoti, the event would be held un­der the theme “Easter Re­flec­tions Through Mu­sic” and fea­ture a South African group called Clas­si­cal Orches­tra.

Ger­man com­poser, Beethoven, was com­mis­sioned to write the mass in 1807 by Hun­gar­ian Prince Niko­laus Ester­házy, which the for­mer per­formed on 13 Septem­ber of the same year. The mass is renowned for its com­bi­na­tion of mas­terly form and re­li­gious un­der­stand­ing.

Rakoti said they nor­mally hold the show dur­ing the Easter holiday but de­cided to post­pone it to 9 April 2016 so they could make ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions.

“Serumula has ded­i­cated it­self to cel­e­brat­ing Easter by per­form­ing songs from clas­si­cal mass pieces that ap­peal to our fans,” she said.

“The shows have been suc­cess­ful be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions, and this year we de­cided to add a bit of flair to the event by choos­ing one of the hard­est clas­si­cal pieces and fea­tur­ing an orches­tra from South Africa, which will be a first in this coun­try.”

The com­po­si­tion is con­sists of four soloists (so­prano, alto, tenor, bass), a four-part choir and a sym­phony orches­tra.

“The show will have two forms, the full mass which will in­volve the whole choir and then the other sec­tion which will see our soloists, duets and trios per­form dif­fer­ent songs,” said Rakoti, adding that the show was also meant to sharpen their choral skills.

“Our choir par­tic­i­pates in many com­pe­ti­tions that fea­ture dif­fer­ent sub-gen­res of choral mu­sic. There­fore, the Easter shows are meant to im­prove our com­pe­tency in clas­sic choral mu­sic.”

The SPAA Choral Group is one of the big­gest har­monic en­sem­bles in the coun­try. It was formed in 2007 and, over the years, has won a num­ber of ac­co­lades in­clud­ing the Na­tional Choir Festival com­pe­ti­tion and Len­gau Choral Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion gongs.

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