Napier Civic Choir concert special

By Alice Lock

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Napier Civic Choir
Napier Civic Choir

The Napier Civic Choir and Hawke's Bay Orchestra invite people to experience some "vocal magic" at a choral concert special.

World-class soloists are teaming up with a 40-piece orchestra to perform three Brahms pieces followed by Rossini's Stabat Mater.

Funding manager Ruth Thomas said the combination of Brahms and Rossini was "fantastic".

"The Brahms have intensity and power while Rossini has a more sacred opera style that is very rich."

They would be brought together by well known Spanish conductor Jose Aparicio.

The soloists are from around the globe with local talent Anna Pierard one of the sopranos.

She has performed in Europe including the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg.

Since returning to New Zealand she has appeared with the New Zealand Opera, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia.

Vice-president Robin Heath said: "She is one of our own and has gone on to do amazing things, so it is really nice to have her singing with the Napier Civic Choir."

Italian Lilia Carpinelli is the other soprano and performed at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2005.

She has had a strong New Zealand presence next to worldwide engagements, performing with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Bach Musica and Auckland Choral Society.

Tenor soloist Australia Brenton Spiteri has been a finalist and prizewinner in the Sydney McDonald's Aria and the Australian singing competition and bass soloist.

Martin Snell was born in Dunedin and went on to win the Mobil Song Quest before being a part of opera in Europe.

"All soloists were happy to sing and it was rare to find such quality in the provinces."

Ms Heath said the reaction from travelling soloists was that Hawke's Bay had serious talent.

"They think it is going to be a walk in the park and then they end up feeling like the weak link."

The Napier Civic Choir is a non-auditioned choir of 80 singers who range from secondary school children through to adults.

"We want to encourage youth to attend so we fund them and offer transport to Napier from Hastings and Havelock North," Ms Thomas said.

Ms Heath said the concert would suit a wide audience and encouraged those who do not normally listen to opera or orchestral pieces to attend.

"I think it is beautiful and I just want others to witness the music we play and perform. We want to make this sort of music available."

The concert will be held on Friday, September 23 at 7.30pm and Sunday, September 25 at 2.30pm.

It will take place at St John's Cathedral in Napier. Tickets for adults are $25 and students $15.

"It is an opportunity I don't think people should miss. We reduced the ticket prices so money was not an issue."

The Napier Civic Choir would also be performing an orchestral concert at the Iona College Blyth Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, September 24 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are the standard price of $39 for adults and $15 for students.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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