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Kapiti News - 2021-07-21

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Orpheus Choir coming back to Ka¯ piti

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The Orpheus Choir Wellington is returning to Te Raukura ki Ka¯piti performing arts centre. The choir, which performed a sell out concert Gloria last year, will perform I Was Glad — a concert with an irresistible repertoire of varied and exciting choral music. Ka¯piti-based mezzo Margaret Medlyn will take a solo lead in the seldom performed Stabat Mater by Karl Szymanowski. “A performance of this little known but highly accessible and enjoyable masterpiece is a rare treat not to be missed,” choir singer Roxani Rahn said. “The work combines traditional liturgical text with Polish folk music, fluctuating between powerful drama and poignant sorrow. “Margaret will be joined by bass Wade Kernot and also by soprano Barbara Paterson, who delighted the audience at last year’s concert.” But I Was Glad is a concert of two aspects. “It first explores aweinspiring works that range from Parry’s glorious anthem I Was Glad to Hopkin’s mysterious Past Life Melodies, featuring harmonic overtone singing. “Brent Stewart, music director of Orpheus Choir Wellington, will lead three internationally renowned soloists, the world famous Martin Setchell on organ and instrumental ensemble and, of course, the mighty 150 strong Orpheus Choir itself, through a programme of enthralling music.”

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