Com­pare and con­trast works of beauty

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

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.

Soloist Elizabeth Har­ris.

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