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Sunday 5 Jun, 2016 - 15:00
Come and enjoy the delights of the festive Bernstein Chichester Psalms, beautiful and intriguing Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa by our very own local composer Peter Klatzow and the serene and timeless Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.
Soprano – Elizabeth Pyman
Counter Tenor – Clarence Anderson
Baritone – Emmanuel Pousse
The Choir will be singing under the baton of Richard Haigh, their Musical Director. Mario Nell will be playing the magnificent Groote Kerk Organ, with Kobie du Plessis on Harp and Frank Mallows on Percussion.
The Groote Kerk in Cape Town is the building of the oldest serving congregation in South Africa. The majestic organ which was consecrated in 1957, is the largest in South Africa. The choir was honoured to participate in the celebrations of its 350th Anniversary in 2015.
3pm Sunday 5 June 2016, Groote Kerk in Adderley Street Cape Town
Tickets R115 available online through Quicket.
More about the works the choir will sing…
Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, between 1887 and 1890. The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation. He composed the work in the late 1880s and revised it in the 1890s, finishing it in 1900.
In seven movements, the work is scored for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed choir, orchestra and organ.
The piece premiered in its first version in 1888 in La Madeleine in Paris for a funeral mass.
Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms:
Chichester Psalms is a choral work by Leonard Bernstein for boy treble or countertenor, solo quartet, choir and orchestra. A reduction written by the composer pared down the orchestral performance forces to organ, one harp, and percussion.
Bernstein stated explicitly in his writing that the part for countertenor may be sung by either a countertenor or a boy soprano, but never by a woman. This was to reinforce the liturgical meaning of the passage sung, perhaps to suggest that the 23rd Psalm, a “Psalm of David” from the Hebrew Bible, was to be heard as if sung by the boy David himself. The text was arranged by Bernstein from the psalms in the original Hebrew.
Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa by Peter Klatzow:
For Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa, Klatzow, a world-renowned South African composer, took words from a prayer in An African Prayer Book compiled by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and set it to music. The piece was commissioned by the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) and first performed at the Three Choirs Festival in 1996.
Sunday 7 Aug, 2016 - 15:00
The Philharmonia Choir will perform Songs of Praise, conducted by Richard Cock on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 3pm.
The venue will be the Groote Kerk in Adderley Street, Cape Town.
Information regarding tickets will follow.
The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town is one of Cape Town’s oldest and best-loved choral groups.
Once described as “the jewel in Cape Town’s musical crown” we are a dedicated choir of more than 120 amateur singers that seeks to enrich the musical landscape of our city.
We look forward to sharing our love of singing with you.