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Central Otago Regional Choir:  Home and Away Concert

When:

Sat 8 May 2010, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Wakatipu Presbyterian Church, 26 Stanley St, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission Adult: $20.00
  • General Admission Child: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Sue Patterson

The Central Otago Regional Choir and Chamber Ensemble conducted by John Buchanan present “Home and Away” - a celebration of music by composers from around the world and from New Zealand.

Featuring works by New Zealand and overseas composers including: From Age to Age Endure by acclaimed New Zealand choral composer David Hamilton; Premier performances of new compositions by Mark Wilson and Claude Buchanan.

The first half of the concert features a selection of choral and instrumental works ranging from the joyful opening renaissance work “O Praise the Lord” to a work written by American composer Eric Whitacre. Along the way the choir will perform English folk songs ending with Sway - a number to get your feet tapping.

Robin Whiting (clarinet), Jo Robinson (flute), Maria Affleck (violin) and Sharon McLennan (piano) will combine to present various instrumental works.

The second half is a celebration of New Zealand music, with the centre piece being the song cycle From Age to Age by Auckland composer David Hamilton. This is a setting of poems ranging through life from the baby in a pram to an Epitaph to Mrs Freland (aged 99) and many stages between. The work is for choir, soloists and chamber ensemble (where the instrumentalists from the first half will be joined by Jack Lanham - trumpet and Paul Frude - bassoon)

Also in the programme a beautiful work for choir, soloist, violin and piano by Helen Fisher entitled Te Puna Waiora. This work weaves Maori chant, English text and beautiful flowing accompaniment for violin and piano together in a haunting composition.

Also on the programme not one but three premier performances - two small unaccompanied works by Claude Buchanan (the conductors brother) and of special interest to all music lovers in Central Otago, a new work by Mark Wilson with words by his father Boyd Wilson.

The concert ends with a beautiful setting of Hine e Hine by well known New Zealand composer Dorothy Buchanan.

Queenstown Presbyterian Church - Saturday 8 May, 7.30pm.
Tickets from Amcal Sumerfields Pharmacy, Frankton.