Nat'l Chorale to host concerts

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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The National Chorale of Jamaica will present its annual concert series, under the baton of Conductor Winston Ewart, on Friday, November 23, at the University Chapel, and Sunday, November 25, at the Hope United Church in St Andrew. Showtimes are 8:00 pm and 6:00 pm, respectively.

“The presentation is part of the chorale's mission of sustaining exposure for classical works to the widest possible audience. We encourage all to come not only for the feast of music, but to contribute to the ongoing development of Jamaican vocalists and instrumentalists,” said Ewart.

The programme includes Charles Gounod's St Cecilia Mass and Alexander Borodin's Prince Igor. St Cecilia Mass is the popular name of a solemn mass in G major by Charles Gounod, composed in 1855 and scored for three soloists, mixed choir, orchestra, and organ. The work is dedicated to St Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

Borodin's Prince Igor is an opera in four acts with a prologue. The composer adapted the libretto from a 12th century Russian epic concerning the efforts of a Russian prince to resist the advance of an invading tribe. The work was unfinished at the time of Borodin's death (in 1817) and was edited and completed by two other noted Russian composers, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov.

In addition to the choral works to be presented, Dr Richard Beckford will perform on 0rgan Pièce héroïque by Cesar Franck.

The National Chorale of Jamaica is well known for a repertoire comprising folk, religious, popular, and varied classical compositions.

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