Type of post: Choir news item
Status: Archived
Date Posted: Wed, 9 Mar 2016
Darwin’s lovers of the musical arts are in for a treat with a powerful collaboration between Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Darwin Chorale delivering a memorable and powerful performance, Dreams and Prayers, at the Darwin Convention Centre on 12 March.

For the orchestra, this is the first of its story-telling inspired 2016 DSO Master Series that pays tribute to one of the greatest writers of all; Shakespeare: The Bard is being revered around the world this year on the 400th anniversary of his death. For Darwin Chorale, Dreams and Prayers opens another exciting year that includes touring as well as performances of music by Karl Jenkins and The Beatles. DSO’s Resident Conductor Stephen Pevely and Darwin Chorale Artistic Director Michael Loughlin will share the conducting throughout the performance, which includes Mendelssohn’s magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beethoven’s stirring and tragic overture to Coriolan and a selection of short dramatic pieces inspired by Shakespeare’s sonnets composed by Darwin’s very own Cathy Applegate. “The start of 2016 brings together two of the Territory’s strong musical talents in this powerful combination of Darwin Chorale and the DSO” said DSO’s Resident Conductor, Stephen Pevely. “From the stark opening chords of Beethoven’s Coriolan overture, where he masterfully depicts Shakespeare’s proud, implacable and doomed Roman general Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, to Cathy Applegate’s wistful, sardonic and celebratory treatment of three of the Bard’s sonnets from her 14 Lines, to the ethereal beauty of Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there is something here for all lovers of orchestral music”, said Stephen. “Each Shakespearean-inspired work will be creatively linked by narration from the inimitable Merrilee Mills to further delight and entertain. Don’t miss it!”

Dreams and Prayers also includes a the internationally acclaimed arrangement of the medieval poem Stabat Mater, set to music by celebrated Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. This beautiful work blends both Western traditions and Middle East influences to successfully depict the suffering of Christ’s mother Mary during his crucifixion.

Jenkins’ work is no stranger to Darwin audiences as the chorale’s 2015 performance of The Armed Man wowed audiences. “Last year was a huge program for the Darwin Chorale that included our 30 year Pearl Anniversary Concert and Jesus Christ Superstar as well as a highly acclaimed performance of Jenkins’ The Armed Man,” Darwin Chorale’s Michael Loughlin said. “The Stabat Mater is another of Jenkins’ hauntingly beautiful works, and collaborating with the DSO for this performance will ensure that the full impact of this remarkable and powerful work is appreciated,” he said.

Date: Saturday, 12 March, 7.30 pm
Venue: Darwin Convention Centre

DSO Resident Conductor: Stephen Pevely
Darwin Chorale Music Director and Conductor: Michael Loughlin
Performance Partners: Darwin Chorale, Darwin Symphony Orchestra
Repertoire: Beethoven, Applegate, Mendelssohn, Jenkins.
Information and Bookings: dso.org.au or darwinchorale.org.au