The Choir Concert Series 2019
Choir of Newman College 2019 Concert Series
The Choir’s 2019 Concert Series comprises three concerts held in the magnificent acoustics of the College’s Chapel, Dining Hall and Oratory. Highlights of past concert series have included ‘Christmas at Versailles’, a dinner-concert in collaboration with Maggie Beer, a reconstruction of J.S. Bach’s lost St Mark Passion, three productions of Medieval plays, ‘Music from the Silver Screen’ and a number of projects in combination with exponents of Early Music and World Music.
Concert 1 - The Newman College Centenary Concert
Sunday, March 24, 3:00pm
George Frederick Handel The Messiah
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College
887 Swanston St, Parkville
The ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ was performed on the day of Newman College’s opening one hundred years ago. To close the College’s Centenary Year the Choir of Newman College performs Handel’s monumental Messiah in its entirety. The Choir of Newman College will be accompanied by the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, an orchestra drawn from Australia’s finest period instrument performers.
Concert 2 - Sunday, September 22, 2:30pm
Spem in alium – The Triumph of Judith
The Newman College Dining Hall
Thomas Tallis Spem in alium for forty voices
Using some of the most sumptuous scoring of the Renaissance and Baroque, this concert celebrates the triumph of Judith, an Old Testament heroine who saves Israel by beguiling and then beheading Holofernes, the general of the besieging armies. The Choir retells the story of Judith drawing on oratorios by Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Mozart sung from the galleries of the Burley-Griffin designed Dining Hall. Interspersed are a series of toccatas by Frescobaldi played by the College Organist, David Macfarlane.
Concert 3 - Saturday, November 30, 5:00pm
The Newman College Oratory
The Play of Herod
Originating from a monastery in Medieval France, the sung Play of Herod depicts the stories relating to the Wise Men and the slaughter of the innocents following Christ’s birth. The tale is told in haunting chant and adventurous Medieval polyphony. Superimposed are the exotic sounds and scents of the continents from which the Wise Men originate. The play is performed by actors and singers from the Choir of Newman College.
Chapel of the Holy Spirit – Newman College
887 Swanston Street
PARKVILLE, VIC 3052
Newman Office, Tel. (03) 9347 5577, Email: email@example.com
Choir of Newman College 2018 Centennial Recording
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