The Queensland Choir will mark its 2021 return to concert giving in Brisbane on May 14 with a modern masterpiece set to resonate with audiences in post-COVID times.
The Queensland Choir’s musical director Kevin Power says US composer Dan Forrest’s internationally acclaimed Requiem for the Living, which juxtaposes humanity’s struggles with the wonders of the universe, is a timely choice for the choir’s first performance in more than a year since COVID shutdowns.
“After the chaos and suffering around the world during the past 12 months it seemed particularly appropriate to start singing again with this Requiem for the Living since it is not only a requiem (or plea for peace for the dead) but also a plea for rest for the living from the pain and suffering of everyday life, something which we have seen a lot of in the past 12 months,” Mr Power says.
“The work offers three different glimpses of the heavens and Earth, full of God’s glory, inspired by images of space from the Hubble Space Telescope, views of the Earth from the International Space Station, and back down to Earth where cities teem with the energy of humanity.
“The choir thoroughly enjoyed singing Requiem for the Living last time we performed it a few years ago at St John’s Cathedral and the audience gave us a standing ovation, so we are looking forward to this reprise in the heart of Brisbane at St Stephen’s Cathedral at 7.30pm on Friday, May 14,” he says.
“It is also a work of hope, and as the Queensland Choir prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary next year, we remember that we have survived and thrived despite the tumults of history including the 1919 Spanish flu epidemic when practices and concerts were also cancelled.
“The concert will also feature acclaimed Brisbane-based soprano Leanne Kenneally, an award-winning Queensland Conservatorium of Music graduate who has performed with Opera Queensland, Opera Australia and internationally with Germany’s Cologne Opera.
“The program will include Mozart’s Overture to La finta giardiniera and Exultate Jubilate and Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits as well as Requiem for the Living, all accompanied by the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s.”
For more information, see www.qldchoir.com, or phone: 0427 710 382