Noosa Chorale presents Rossini masterpiece
"Epic and amazing." That’s how popular Sunshine Coast conductor, Adrian King describes Gioachino Rossini’s famous Mass Petite Messe Selonnelle which Noosa Chorale is performing on May 28 at The J Noosa.
Adrian has fond memories of singing Rossini’s masterpiece which the Italian composer wrote in 1863 and since then has been hailed by audiences all over the world.
As a young student in the U.K. he sang in the tenor line in the chorus at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and later conducted it with the Grimsby Philharmonic Society.
"I can remember being astonished at the way the music ranged from a hushed lyrical intensity to an animated flamboyance with lots of memorable tunes and rhythmic vitality for which Rossini has become justly famous.
"This romantic Rossini is neither petite (small) nor solennelle (solemn) as in the classical style of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.
"Instead, it has a stimulating musical flavour, reminiscent of opera arias or ensemble numbers, but these are carefully constructed and moulded by Rossini to perfectly suit the religious text."
He said the concert would feature the 70-strong Chorale and seven outstanding vocal and instrumental soloists.
"We have tenor David Kidd who is a familiar face and voice for many as a result of his Ten Tenors and Opera Queensland performances.
"Soprano Panayiota Kalatzis is a winner of the prestigious Australian International Awards and the Ruskin Opera Scholarship.
"She is a graduate of the of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music as is award-winning baritone, Sam Piper, who is a Chorale favourite, having sung before in the choir’s 2014 Messiah concert.
"Our mezzo-soprano, Anastasia Bickell, has also won her share of awards and is now completing her studies at the Conservatorium. She is a specialist in sacred music."
Adrian said the Mass was often performed with an orchestra but Rossini wrote it for two pianos and a harmonium and that was the orchestration he had selected for this concert.
"On two grand pianos we have Natasha Koch and Janet brewer and on harmonium, Huguette Brassine. They are well known to Sunshine Coast audiences for their inspired playing at concerts and events."
Noosa Chorale: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at The J, Noosa Junction 2pm Saturday, May 28. Tickets $35. Bookings 53296560 www.thej.com.au