Willoughby Symphony Choir, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and soloists under the vibrant directorship of Peter Ellis delivered a joyous performance of Haydn’s colourful oratorio The Seasons.
The concert hall at The Concourse in Chatswood reverberated with the sheer excitement and power of this choir. Haydn’s characteristic gift for direct, exuberant and evocative musical painting of
scenes or situations was exploited to the utmost in energetic performances from choir, orchestra and three talented storytelling soloists. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY CHOIR : THE SEASONS @ THE CONCOURSE→
Harbour City Opera’s Mother’s Day concert used superb and passionately blended ingredients with which to bake us intensely flavoured delights. BECAUSE I SAID SO was a well-packaged and marketable concept. A crowd-pleaser with champagne, show bags and afternoon tea, it was also an impressive, endearing musical start to the company’s busy and interesting 2014 season.
Sixteen artists delivered arias, duets, a quartet and choruses from almost one and a half centuries of the operatic and art song repertoires. Outside of a staged opera the excerpts could have been in danger of emerging as a clumsy shopping list. This was not possible though in the hands of artistic director Sarah Ann Walker and well nuanced, evocative piano accompaniments from Bradley Gilchrist.