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Monday
May302016

Workshop on the Victoria 'Requiem'

A masterclass for experienced singers; an afternoon immersed in the late Renaissance music of great Spanish composer

Tomas Luis de Victoria at the Chapel RMC Duntroon Sat 28 May, 2 - 5 pm then - Performance 5:30 pm (Performance is open to all music lovers)

Participants - $30; Student - $15 Tickets at Trybooking: http://www.trybooking.com/LETV

Score: The score in use (without the Taedet animam) is initially in F. When you register as a singer through TryBooking, you will be asked whether you wish to bring your own score, buy a copy on arrival or download and print (440 KB, in pdf). To download your own click here>

Music Director Peter Young writes:

Oriana continues its “Masterpiece Workshop” program which began last year with a very successful day looking at Bach’s Jesu meine Freude.

On 28 May we will explore one of the greatest works of the Renaissance, the magnificent Requiem Mass by the Spanish composer Tomas Luis da Victoria.

It was written upon the death of the Dowager Empress Maria, daughter of one emperor, wife of a second, and mother of two more.

Published in 1605, it is the crowning glory of Victoria’s art and of the great age of polyphony – Monteverdi’s radical Vespers was only five years away.

We shall discover this austere yet moving work in the fine acoustics of the Royal Military College chapel at Duntroon, with an afternoon rehearsal followed by an impromptu performance.


Peter Phillips, director of the acclaimed group The Tallis Scholars (with whom The Oriana Chorale has sung in recent years), says in the program notes of their recording of the Requiem in 1987:

Victoria's 'Requiem' Mass (as we now call it) has for many decades and for many people typified Spanish Renaissance music. Its mystical intensity of expression, achieved by the simplest musical means, obviously sets it apart from contemporary English and Italian music, and has led to comparisons with it of the equally intense paintings of Velasquez and El Greco.

This will be an experience to remember. 

 Image of Victoria: wikicommons.org

 

Monday
Apr182016

How sweet the music, 17 April 2016

How sweet the music….

Oriana marked this anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a kaleidoscope of Shakespearian songs and readings.

From the Romantic age to the present day, composers have taken Shakespeare’s immortal words and created choral settings full of beauty, style and wit. 

This wide-ranging concert includes music by Brahms, Berlioz and Vaughan Williams, plus modern settings by Paul Mealor (composer for Prince William’s wedding), the great British jazz musician George Shearing, and the extraordinary Finnish choral composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.

The Oriana Chorale is again directed by one of Canberra's top musicians, conductor Peter Young.

Singers and audiences alike will also be delighted that popular and outstanding musicians Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks will be associate artists at this interesting and enjoyable tour of just a few selected passages by the Bard -- and some great songs they have inspired. 

Our readers are experienced actors Tony Turner and Elaine Noon. Ben O'Loghlin joins us on double bass.


Saturday
Dec052015

The Golden Age: Venice

Monday
Aug312015

Choral Masterpiece Workshop: Jesu Meine Freude

Choral Masterpiece Workshop

JS Bach - Motet: Jesu Meine Freude BWV 227

 

The Oriana Chorale is pleased to announce its first Choral Masterpiece Workshop. This  will involve an afternoon of learning and rehearsal, followed by a public performance, who can attend with a gold coin donation.

Jesu Meine Freude is the earliest of Bach's six motets and probably the best known. It is composed in an intriguing symmetrical structure, with a central fugue surrounded by variations on its main chorale, which recurs throughout the work.

Musical Director and conductor Peter Young selected Jesu Meine Freude because "everyone who sings needs to sing Bach, and this piece shows him at his best, with a wonderful range of expression using a single chorale tune”.

It is planned this will be the first of a series of workshops covering some of the great choral works.

The workshop is open to all comers who have good sight-reading ability or have previously sung the work. They will be joined by members of The Oriana Chorale itself.

Details of the day are:

St Paul's Church,
Captain Cook Crescent,
Manuka, ACT

Saturday 1st August

Workshop 2.00pm to 5.00pm 
Performance 5.15pm

Singers' registration - $25; under 26 - $10
Registration at http://www.trybooking.com/IBDW

 
Wednesday
Jun172015

Songs of the Land and the People

Many composers have been inspired by the timeless beauty of folksongs. Some were avid collectors and arrangers, while others took tunes and their singers to inspire their own works.

In this concert we celebrate the art of the folksong and the different approaches composers took to them, mixing the well known such as Simple Gifts, or Irish Tune from County Derry, with other works that show their composers at their best.

The concert includes music by Jean Sibelius (marking his 150th birthday), Percy Grainger, Michael Tippett, Béla Bartók, Gustav Holst and Aaron Copland.

Program (PDF)

Program for printing