Colombo Philharmonic Choir presents “Magnificat”

phil-rutter-performance-500x266Colombo’s oldest performing choir, theColombo Philharmonic, will present “Magnificat” – a programme of sacred classical music this October. The performance will take place on Saturday, the 29th of October 2016 at St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk, Galle Road, Colombo 3.

The main feature of this performance is Mozart’s Dixit et Magnificat KV 193. This is the first occasion on which this work is being performed in Sri Lanka. The work, believed to have been originally written for the Salzburg Cathedral, retains the first and last parts of a traditional six-part vesper and abounds with unceasing energy. Having composed this work at the age of 17, Mozart challenges his singers with non-repetative text set to highly charged, concentrated music.  The version being performed by the Colombo Philharmonic Choir is for choir, organ, trumpets and timpani.

The choir will also perform Haydn’s Missabrevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, also known as the Kleine Orgelsolomesse (Little Organ Mass). Composed sometime between 1775 and 1778, the overall arrangement of the mass, with individual movements kept quite brief as befits music for religious services, suggests that it was intended for use in the Eucharist. The chorus sings throughout, with the exception of the Benedictus movement, which incorporates a soprano solo that follows an extended organ solo. The choir will be accompanied by the organ and a string ensemble. The programme will also comprise of works by Mendelssohn, Schubert and others.

Manilal Weerakoon will conduct the Choir and Denham Pereira, Director of Music at the St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk, will be the organist. The soloist featured will be renowned Soprano, Anagi Perera.

The Colombo Philharmonic has been performing this genre of music for more than 60 years with their more recent performances featuring Rutter’s Requiem, Maunder’s Olivet to Calvari and Vivaldi’s Gloria. This October’s performance will take place at 7 p.m. and entrance will be by programme, which will be available at the door.

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