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Vector Wellington Orchestra presents Missa Solemnis


Sun 29 Apr 2012, 4:00pm

Where: Wellington Town Hall, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult A Reserve: $58.00
  • Adult B Reserve: $48.00
  • Concession A Reserve (Senior/Unwaged) 65+: $53.00
  • Concession B Reserve (Senior/Unwaged) 65+: $43.00
  • Child (14 years and under): $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Related Artists:

Listed by: VWOadmin

John Psathas: Luminous
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op. 123

Emma Fraser - soprano
Bianca Andrew - mezzo soprano
Cameron Barclay - tenor
Kieran Raynor - baritone
The Orpheus Choir
Marc Taddei - conductor

For conductor Marc Taddei, the Missa Solemnis stands at the pinnacle of European sacred music. "This was a deeply personal work to Beethoven," Taddei says. "So much so that he delayed the composition of his great Ninth Symphony to finish this, in terrible circumstances, including total deafness," he says.

"I first heard this work live at Tanglewood and have wanted to immerse myself in its splendour ever since."

“From the heart – may it return to the heart”, wrote Beethoven above the Credo of his 1823 Missa Solemnis. It took him nearly four years and a mountain of sketchbooks to complete his masterpiece. With music vividly evocative of the text, the work’s direct emotional appeal is set in a complex and subtle structure.

Luminous was commissioned as part of a set of “Fanfares for the New Millennium”. Psathas’ elegiac work considers human migrations through history. It was dedicated to a Chinese friend who was overwhelmed by the challenges of adapting to New Zealand.

“What a momentous way to open our season! One of Beethoven’s supreme masterpieces paired with a contemporary classic by one of New Zealand’s greatest composers" – Marc Taddei, Music Director

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