Seasonal choral choice
The ambience of Parnell's Holy Trinity Cathedral will be just the right setting for Auckland Choral's spring concert next month.
Bach's joyous Magnificat is a hymn of praise to the Virgin Mary, based on the words she is said to have spoken when the Angel Gabriel told her she would bear the Son of God.
The Manukau Courier is giving readers the chance to soak up the atmosphere with a ticket giveaway competition.
The programme also includes Haydn's dramatic Te Deum and Sir John Tavener's Song for Athene, a hauntingly ethereal work that achieved international acclaim when sung at the funeral service of the late Princess Diana.
Bach Magnificat promises to be a concert of celebration and beauty, Auckland Choral conductor and music director Uwe Grodd says.
"The works were all created from a devotional source of inspiration - for the memory of a good friend or to praise the glory of the Lord.
"The music is spine-tingling and uplifting, especially hearing it performed live in the ethereal splendour of the Holy Trinity Cathedral with a 110-strong choir and four soloists, accompanied by the baroque sounds of Pipers Sinfonia and the magnificent cathedral organ."
Bach's grand Magnificat in D Major features the solo voices of soprano Emma Sloman and mezzo soprano Bianca Andrew as well as tenor Philip Griffin and bass Anthony Schneider, both recent Auckland University of Auckland graduates who have already won several awards.
The concert starts at 7.30pm on November 10.
Tickets cost $49 and are available from tickets@ aucklandchoral.com or call 828 1683. Concessions are available.
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GIVEAWAY The Manukau Courier is giving away double passes to Bach Magnificat. To enter the draw to win write your name, address and a daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and send it to Bach Magnificat Competition, Manukau Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau. It should reach us by noon on November 5. One entry per person.