Christopher Bowen has selected a wide range of repertoire for the concert, including popular contemporary pieces as well as selections from choral masterpieces. These include two famous and beautiful choruses from Elijah by Mendelssohn (1809-1847) being He Watching Over Israel and He That Shall Endure to the End. These two choruses are examples of Mendelssohn’s flair for writing music that is beautifully sweet, and help to explain why Elijah, which dates from 1846 and had its premiere in Birmingham, was as popular in Victorian England as Handel’s Messiah. Mendelssohn’s music is less venerated in our day than it was in the nineteenth century but it is still popular and an essential part of contemporary concert programs.
The program will also include Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 42, Wie der Hirsch Schreit, (As Pants the Hart). After a performance of this Psalm in Leipzig in 1838, Robert Schumann wrote that it showed that Mendelssohn had become the leading composer of church music in Europe.
The concert will also include Wie lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen from Brahms’s A German Requiem. Brahms’s work is not a setting of the Catholic liturgy of the Requiem but takes as its text various readings from Luther’s translation of the Bible. “German” in the title refers to the work’s language. The excerpt to be performed is perhaps the high point of the work, a chorus of rapturous, quiet beauty.
The Choir will give a performance of Brahms’s complete work in the Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, 10 November.
The concert at Nowra on Sunday 17 March will also include:
- Madrigal – D’Indy
- Tu Es Petrus – Camille Saint-Saens
- Kyrie eleison – Durante
- Weary Land – Spiritual. arr. Bowen
- Les Miserables (various) – Schönberg
- I am so deep in day – Bowen
- The ladies of Brisbane – Australian Folksong. arr. Bowen
- Love changes everything – Lloyd-Webber
- and others…..
Nowra School of Arts 22 Berry St. Nowra
Sunday 17th March 2pm
Tickets: $35 (members $20)/$25 (concession/senior). Children free.
Tickets available at the door.