Shaky Places: the concert film

As promised in December, SOUNZ has published videos of Capital Choir’s Shaky Places premiere concert in November 2015. The videos are served from the Vimeo web site. There’s a separate one for each song, with Geoff Robinson’s reading of the poem followed by the Capital Choir’s performance. Here’s World (hat tip to Rachel McAlpine):

It’s pretty good!

And this search

https://vimeo.com/search?q=shaky+places+2015

shows the others, along with a few extras.

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Shaky Places: the concert film

The word on the street is that the film of Capital Choir’s Shaky Places premiere concert in November 2015 will be released on the SOUNZ Facebook page at midday on Monday 12 December. So, in preparation, all you Facebookers should go to this page (the full name is “SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music”) and Like it. And the rest of you should keep an eye on the SOUNZ website.

The Donizetti Requiem concert: done and dusted

I think the concert on Sunday afternoon went rather well! The choir responded to Sue’s spirited direction, the soloists were brilliant and Belinda accompanied us superbly. At least, that’s my opinion. Perhaps others would like to chime in in the blog comments or on the Facebook page.

The Donizetti Requiem concert: not long now

capital-choir-donizetti-requiem-flyerCapital Choir, under the direction of Sue Robinson, will perform Gaetano Donizetti’s Messa di Requiem at 3 pm, Sunday 13 November, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill St, Wellington. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Email capitalchoir@gmail.com or phone 478 0271.

Donizetti was one of the leading composers of the bel canto opera style in the first half of the nineteenth century, along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini. He resolved to write a requiem mass during the final stages of rehearsal of Lucia di Lammermoor, when news reached him of his friend Bellini’s death. He seems to have completed the work promptly, but the the first known performance is as late as 1870.

Anyway, it’s an intense but often lively piece in an Italian operatic style. We’ve been rehearsing it for a while now, and I think we’re starting to get the hang of it.

The Donizetti Requiem concert: more details

A date and a place have been set for the Donizetti Requiem concert: Sunday 13 November at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill St, Thorndon. The time has not been finalised, but should be around 3 pm. The programme? Well, the aforementioned Requiem (which is coming along quite nicely in rehearsal) and … some other stuff.

The dress rehearsal will be on Friday 11 November, probably from 6 to 9 pm.

Adiós. ¡Hasta luego!

Inspirare: Convergence

Convergence Ticketing Graphic.jpgInspirare is a new Wellington professional choir. Its inaugural concert, Convergence, will be at 3:00 pm this coming Sunday, 4 September, at St Andrews on The Terrace. The Musical Director, Mark Stamper, describes the motivation behind the programme thus:

The first concert will be centered around three of the basic human needs: nature, spirituality, and community. My concept for this program began with the idea of the “north meeting south”. Since I am from the Northern Hemisphere and the singers are from the Southern Hemisphere, I wanted to draw on the thought of us coming together for this concert. I set out to find music from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, without limiting myself to a specific genre or period of music.

More information and a list of the pieces to be performed can be found on the Inspirare web site.

Capital Choir members will be looking out for our Acting Director, Sue Robinson, who will be singing in the alto section.