Choir for Easter: Sydney Philharmonia Choir puts on a Saturday show

Sydney Philharmonic Choir

What’re you doing this Easter?

If you’re in Sydney and it doesn’t revolve around heading to your weekly cultural injection, then, shame; because the Sydney Philharmonia Choir is putting on a stellar production in honour of the chocolate-filled festive season.

Named In the Imagination of their Hearts, it’s a gig that’ll happen at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, at 2pm on Saturday 20 April, putting on show the best vocalists the choir has to offer.

Chamber music in style, the Choir will be joined by Capella St. Crucis, Hannover, under the direction of acclaimed early music specialist Florian Lohmann; together with celebrated Australian soloists Sara Macliver, Anna Dowsley, Nicholas TolputtNicholas Jones and David Greco; and the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra.

If religion isn’t your thing (don’t blame you), then heading along for the sheer majesty of the vocals and impressiveness of how all the singers work together might be more the draw card for you.

Five soloists will stun with their dazzling virtuosity and expressive powers to a text that ranges between stoked and overjoyed.

Framing the Magnificat are two works that, each in their own way, look to Bach for inspiration. 

The concert will conclude with a Mozart’s grand mass for choir and orchestra, a piece he created when just recently married, which would have its debut performance in Salzburg, on the occasion of the couple’s first visit to his disapproving father.

Here’s the program for you…

Antony PITTS Mente cordis sui (Premiere)

Johann Sebastian BACH Magnificat in D major, BWV 243

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Great Mass in C minor, K.427

See more and book tickets at the Choir’s website.