2015 CONCERT SEASON
Fauré by Candlelight
|8PM, SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2015, TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL|
This first performance of the Christchurch City Choir 2015 season will delight audiences with the distinctive style of French composer, Gabriel Faure.
Set to candlelight in the spiritual heart of our city, the Transitional Cathedral, this Faure presentation will capture the spirit of Easter, featuring solos from acclaimed soloists, soprano Susan Densem and baritone Will Frost, along with an organ solo by the renown Martin Setchell.
The culmination of the evening will be the City Choir's presentation of Faure’s Requiem in D minor Op 48, one of the most beloved choral masterpieces of all time.
25 April 2015 - Anzac Day concert. Guest appearance with Woolston Brass
27 June 2015 - concert details to be announced
3 October 2015 - Britten's War Requiem, at the Airforce Museum of NZ, Wigram. A co-presentation with the CSO.
30 & 31 October - Last Night of the Proms, at the Airforce Museum of NZ, Wigram. Guest appearance with the CSO.
Mid November - Special Project - details to be announced
3 December 2015 - Handel's Messiah, at the Isaac Theatre Royal.
2014 CONCERT SEASON - COMPLETED
The Christchurch City Choir is preparing once again to perform perennial Christmas favourite, Handel’s Messiah, continuing a 23 year old tradition of presenting this joyful and uplifting musical masterpiece in the city.
The concert will be conducted by City Choir Music Director, Andrew Withington, on Saturday 6 December in a fitting finale to his first year in the role, having taken up the baton from former Music Director Brian Law at the Choir’s 2013 performance of Messiah.
This year’s performance will deliver an all-Kiwi line up of internationally acclaimed soloists, with Madeleine Pierard (soprano), Sarah Court (mezzo), the City Choir’s Patron, Simon O’Neill (tenor) and Jared Holt (baritone) (L to R below)
The Choir will once again be accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, along with invited performers, the University of Canterbury Vocal Consort, organist Martin Setchell and James Tibbles on the harpsichord.
The concert will take place at 7.30pm, Saturday 6 December 2014 at the Charles Luney Auditorium at St Margaret’s College.
Tickets: $45 for general admission ($20 for children under 14) sold by Ticketek, 0800 842538.
All tickets for the 2014 performance have now been sold. Please email the City Choir to register your interest in going on a waiting list for cancellations.
SCORES OF CANVASES
Friday 11 April, 7.30-9.00pm, Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College
Mahler - Symphony No 2 in C minor 'Resurrection':
|Saturday 12 July, 7.30pm, Wigram Air Force Museum
Amanda Atlas (soprano), Bianca Andrew (mezzo soprano), Melbourne Youth Orchestra,
Christchurch City Choir, conducted by Tom Woods
|Saturday 27 September, 7.30pm, Charles Luney Auditorium
Involving more than 250 performers from different Christchurch-based performance groups, the City Choir’s next concert Pasifika will be a large-scale production representing an epitome of cultural collaboration.
“This concert is an important step in delivering my vision for the Christchurch City Choir” says Music Director Andrew Withington. “One of my major goals as Music Director is to entertain Christchurch audiences through creative collaboration with other performing groups, and the Pasifika concert is the perfect embodiment of this goal”.
Pasifika; Our Turangawaewae: the place where we stand, is a vibrant musical celebration of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, delivering musical snapshots of New Zealand’s heritage, Maori karanga, haka and waiata, a traditional New Zealand folksong arranged by Christchurch composer Richard Oswin, and Samoan sasa and slap dances. As a true celebration of the Pacific Region, the second half will be a performance of New Zealand composer David Hamilton’s, Missa Pacifica.
The Christchurch City Choir is very excited to present a production of this scale with such a varied and diverse group of high-calibre performers.
The concert will commence with a traditional Maori presentation of Te Timatatanga (The Beginning), Te Karanga (The Lamenting Call of the Matriarch) and a Haka (The Dance of the Warrior), performed by Te Kotahitanga Kapa Haka, the most senior ropu haka in Te Waipounamu, winners at regional and national kapa haka competitions. Tutored by Tihi Puanaki, a Queen's Service Medal recipient (2003) and a Lifetime Achievement Awardee at the 2014 Pride of New Zealand Awards, Te Kotahitanga will then perform alongside the Christchurch City Choir and University of Canterbury Chamber Choir, Consortia, with A Te Tarakihi (The Cicada), followed by three songs that release the Passion of the Spirit, Wairua Whakaihiihi: Waiata-a-Ringa: Pakipaki (The Action Song), Hapai Rakau: Takiri Ko Te Ata (The Dance of the Staff) and culminating with a Haka: Waitaha Riporipo, that celebrates the heritage of Canterbury, acknowledging Ngaitahu, Waitaha and Ngati Mamoe, the guardians and caretakers of the land.
Wowing the audience with Samoan Sasa and slap dance with be Christchurch Polyfest favourites, Shirley Boys' High School Pasifika Culture Group, comprising Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island and Fijian performers, who come together to celebrate the amazing cultures of the Pacific. This dynamic group will perform alongside the Choir for Le Masina E, also accompanied by a large percussion section of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
In the second half, David Hamilton's Missa Pacifica will delight audiences with an exceptional cast of performers.
Susan Densem (Soprano) began her professional singing career in 1986 with Canterbury Opera, and has been the soprano soloist for many choral societies within New Zealand and Australia. Susan has also toured extensively overseas as the soprano soloist in tours to Australia, Europe, Russia, USA and South America and is a current member of the Voices New Zealand 16 Chamber Choir.
Helen Medlyn(Mezzo) is one of New Zealand's most versatile and popular singer-actresses. Helen was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to the performing arts and regularly performs with arts organisations such as New Zealand Opera, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest soloist in concerts and operas in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, the USA and Britain.
Also joining the Christchurch City Choir and Consortia, creating powerful signing group of around 160 voices, will be the winner of The Big Sing Canterbury 2014 Most Outstanding Mixed Choir title, Burnside High Senior Chorale.
Finally, but my no means least, the Choir is delighted to welcome the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. With no less than 42 players including 2 harps, this will be one of the biggest orchestral performances that the Choir has presented in many years. The intimacy of the venue will allow the audience to immerse themselves in this larger than life production.
Saturday 27 September, 7.30-9.30pm, Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College
Last Night of the Proms (Guest Appearance)
|Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November, 7.30pm, Wigram Air Force Museum
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch City Choir, conducted by Brian Law