Chorus Niagara premieres a new musical work by Niagara composer James Moffett

Saturday, March 2 , 2019, 7:30 pm Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, St.Catharines.

Also featuring seldom-heard unique work KING DAVID from French/Swiss composer Arthur Honegger

A News Release from Chorus Niagara in Niagara, Ontario

Posted March 1st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Chorus Niagara and Artistic Director Robert Cooper proudly present Arthur Honegger’s KING DAVID. Accompanied by new music by Niagara composer James Moffett, LEGACY.

Artistic Director Robert Cooper says, “If you enjoy the drama of a great Handel oratorio, like Messiah or the magnificence of a Bach masterpiece like the St Matthew Passion, then this concert is for you. 

Honegger’s richly scored King David, the triumphant story of the shepherd boy who would be King, with its marching armies, battle with the Philistine Goliath, heartfelt moments of love and the eerie incantations of the Witch of Endor, will leave you spellbound to the final Alleluia.”

Chorus Niagara has employed the services of Carousel Players Artistic Director Monica Dufault to semi-stage the work for added impact “I am delighted to be working with Chorus Niagara again after directing All Aboard last year;” says Dufault.

“I was not aware of Heneger’s King David until Robert Cooper invited me to be part of this gorgeous piece. I am pleased to be doing double duty on this production: developing staging that supports the music, and also playing the role of The Witch of Endor. I think audiences will really enjoy this highly dramatic presentation.”

Chorus Niagara in performance. File photo

The first half of the concert is dedicated to the premiere of St.Catharines composer James Moffett’s new work LEGACY, commissioned by Chorus Niagara. Moffett notes,

“I wanted to write a piece that highlighted the special way Chorus Niagara, under Robert Cooper’s leadership, has been such a huge musical inspiration and legacy to me and to so many.

“Seeing my mother still a members of the choir after many years; seeing how the choir has brought along other High School Students like I was (now formally through the Side-by-Side High School Chorale program); seeing how many amazing soloists have sung with the choir and come through the Robert Cooper Choral Scholars; and seeing the growth of the amazing Children’s Choir that has had such a huge positive impact on my son’s life, and in the lives of so many other young singers.

“Underscoring all of this, I had just received a cancer diagnosis, and was thinking about my own mortality and the legacy I would leave. So I reached out to an old friend, Glynnis Ratcliffe, and rambled on the phone about some ideas, and she wrote a beautiful text that got perfectly to the heart of what I was wanting to say.”

Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir Artistic Director Amanda Nelli says, “The children have been looking forward to performing with Chorus Niagara at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre all year! It will be a thrilling experience for them to sing in a beautiful venue with an accomplished choir and esteemed conductor Robert Cooper. We can’t wait!”

The March 2nd concert features the spectacular talents of three Canadian soloists: Maeve Palmer, soprano; Stephanie Tritchew, mezzo-soprano and Antonios Varahidis, tenor. (Stephanie was a member of Chorus Niagara’s Side-By-Side High School chorale 15 years ago when she was a student at Laura Secord Secondary School).

Also featured in this presentation are Robert Cooper Choral Scholars Erica D’Amore, soprano and, recent Brock University Music grad William Sadler, tenor.

The Chorus Niagara Children’s Concert and Chamber Choirs, conducted by Artistic Director Amanda Nelli, perform as well. Jeanne Sauvé French Immersion Public School grade 6 student Norah Hoff, a member of both the CNCC Chamber and Concert Choirs, is a soloist.

A dozen dedicated high school music students round out the performance as members of Chorus Niagara’s Side By Side Highschool Chorale.

The choirs are accompanied by the Chorus Niagara Chamber Ensemble, curated by Principal Flute of Niagara Symphony Orchestra Doug Miller.

KING DAVID features the additional talents of Narrator Colin Palangio and Stage Director Monica Dufault, Artistic Director of Carousel Players.

Chorus Niagara thanks Chamber Ensemble Sponsor Niagara Peninsula Energy; Narrator Sponsors Cathy and John Rollo; New Music Sponsors Megan and Robert Cooper and Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir Sponsors Poppy Gilliam and Peter W. Partridge.

Tickets for KING DAVID can be purchased through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre BOX OFFICE

PHONE: 905-688-0722 (0PAC) or 905-688-5601 x3700 or toll free 1-855-515-0722 or TTY 905-688-4TTY (4889)
IN PERSON: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario,

Single Ticket Prices: (Handling Fee & HST extra)
Adult: $45, Senior (60+): $43, Under 30: $30, Student (University or College with valid ID): $20
Child (Age 15 & under): $15, High School Student (with valid ID): $5

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