The Scholars Pro Musica, Tauranga’s première chamber choir, open their 2017 choral season with a concert featuring works by Austrian composer F. J. Haydn.
While the title of the work “The Seven Last Words of Christ” sounds melancholy, it is actually a work full of great optimism and hope.
“This ‘early music’ is actually still being written today. The compositions really resonate with living in a beachside community; the ocean, and the tides and the sand. It really is beautiful,” Scholars Pro Musica President Maggie Farmer says.
The work predominantly showcases the choral force of the Scholars; however, a quartet of soloists weaves in and out as was the standard in 18th century classical choral works. The Scholars are joined by a quartet of fine New Zealand soloists: alto Kate Spence, tenor Iain Tetley, and bass Tavis Gravatt, all of whom have appeared in concert as soloists with the Scholars before. For this concert, one of the Scholars own amazing and talented singers, Regan McFarlane, sings the soprano solos.
The second work on the programme is an exciting little Mass officially titled, “Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo”. For both these works, the Scholars welcome guest New Zealand organist, Janet Gibbs.
The concert will be at 3pm on Sunday, May 21 and will take place at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Victoria Rd., Mt Maunganui. This little known stone church tucked away under Mount Maunganui rings true to the era choral music originated from, as well as offering stunning acoustics.
The Weekend Sun has one double pass to give away to one lucky reader who can tell us where the concert will be held.
All entries must be received by Wednesday, May 10.