Compare and contrast works of beauty
Two of the finest requiems ever written will be presented by the Palmerston North Choral Society this Saturday July 1.
The 60-member choir will perform Mozart’s magnificent Requiem, one of the most moving works in the classical repertoire and then it will be contrasted with Faure’s Requiem, a hauntingly beautiful but radically different choral work.
Both requiems will be presented at St Peter’s Church, at 7.30pm. The choral society will be conducted by Alison Stewart with organist Douglas Mews.
Mozart’s Requiem, written at the end of his life, features a stunning fugue in his Kyrie and the biting terror of his Dies Irae. By contrast Faure’s Requiem is memorable for its gentle shimmering Sanctus and his eloquent and touching Pie Jesu.
The Palmerston North Choral Society choir is being joined by five bright stars of the New Zealand music scene – Imogen Thirlwall (soprano) is a 2017 Freemasons NZ Opera Artist and a member of the New Zealand Opera Chorus, Elizabeth Harris (mezzo-soprano) has been accepted into the 2017 Masters programme at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Nigel Tongs (tenor) is a founding member of the Voices of New Zealand Chamber Choir while Joe Christensen (bass/baritone) is the Musical Director of the New Zealand Male Choir. Douglas Mews (organist) is an accomplished performer who tours for Chamber Music New Zealand.
Tickets for Saturday night’s concert are $25 adults, $20 concession and $15 students with ID and can be purchased at the door.