An orchestra and two choirs will join forces for the first time In Paradisum (‘Into Paradise’) for one of the most widely-loved choral-orchestral works.
The 70-piece Manukau Symphony Orchestra and 75 voices from the Pakuranga Choral Society and South Auckland Choral Society are coming together to perform the ethereal Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.
It will be the first time the Pakuranga Choral Society and South Auckland Choral Society perform with a large-scale orchestra.
“As Manukau’s orchestra, we look forward to collaborating with our local choirs and exquisite soloists to bring this beautiful work to life,” says Uwe Grodd, Manukau Symphony Orchestra’s music director.
“It’s not every day that we get to sing with a full orchestra in a large professional venue such as the Vodafone Events Centre,” says David Hamilton, well-known New Zealand composer and principal guest conductor of the Pakuranga Choral Society.
Gina Sanders, an internationally-acclaimed soprano based in South Auckland, will join sought-after baritone James Harrison as soloists in the Requiem.
Beethoven’s spirited masterpiece Symphony No. 8, fondly referred to as “my Little Symphony in F”, is a light-hearted, though not lightweight, work to begin the concert with.
The Manukau Symphony Orchestra acknowledges the support from Foundation North, Auckland Council, Four Winds Foundation, Pub Charity, Creative Communities NZ, Second Nature Charitable Trust, Multi-Media Systems, Vodafone Events Centre and the NZCT for this concert.
What: Manukau Symphony Orchestra presents ‘In Paradisum’ with Pakuranga Choral and South Auckland Choral
When: Saturday May 25, 7.30pm
Where: Vodafone Events Centre.
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