Murray Con Choir – Divine Music for Choir and Organ

Much of the choral oeuvre—whether accompanied by piano, orchestra or simply a capella—enjoys a prominent place in today’s concert halls. Works for choir and organ, however, have largely either drifted into obscurity or been relegated to a position of strict religious service. The Murray Conservatorium Choir’s May Concerts, jokingly coined “Manual Labor” (referring to both the keyboards of the organ and the choir’s eorts!), aspire to challenge that status quo.

In the first half, explore gems of the repertoire immediately antecedent to the development what is today known as the symphonic organ. Wesley’s Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace, Brahms’ Geistliches Lied, and Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine exemplify the tender writing for choir and organ prevalent in this era. Transcendent, but quietly so.

After the interval, we pull out all the stops (literally!) for Vierne’s sonorous Messe Solennelle. Inspired by the rise of a truly symphonic instrument, Vierne samples the full gamut of sonic possibilities found in this new, grand organ.

Bookended by Widor’s famed Toccata and a surprise audience favourite, these concerts are surely not to be missed! The Murray Con Choir—together with organist James Flores, and conductor Jeff Mosher—looks forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a glorious celebration of works for choir and organ!

When: Saturday 19 May @ 7.30pm, Sunday 20 May @ 2.30pm
Where: St Matthew’s, Albury
Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20, Under 18 free. Available from Regent Cinemas, Murray Conservatorium and Choir Members.


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