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Concert Programme 2016

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Tickets: $39.00/Adult and $15/student per concert


7.00pm Friday 16 December and 2.00pm Sunday 18 December
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Browning Street, Napier

Soprano - Anna Leese

Alto - Christie Cook

Tenor - Frank Carter

Handel turned to English oratorio in the 1730s in response to changes in public taste. Messiah was his sixth work in this genre. After an initially modest public reception, this oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Its structure resembles that of opera without impersonations of characters or direct speech. We cannot think of a better way to welcome our Christmas festivities.

Vivaldi and Bach

Vivaldi and Bach

An Orchestral Concert - Produced by Napier Civic Choir

7.30pm Saturday 17 December
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Browning Street, Napier

A truly 'made in Hawke's Bay' concert. Our final orchestral evening of the year will feature five local soloists in highly varied baroque concertos. Our Artistic/Music Director José Aparicio will perform and conduct a flute concerto with our fabulous Hawke's Bay Orchestra.

José Aparicio - Flute

Thomas Wilkinson - Trumpet

Christopher Wilson - Trumpet

Stephanie Buzzard - Violin

Gretchen Anderson - Violin

Previous 2016 Concerts

Brahms and Rossini - Sept 23rd and 25th

Sacred Opera - Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Browning Street, Napier
7.30pm Friday 23 September and 2.30pm Sunday 25 September

  • BRAHMS | Begräbnisgesang, Op.13
  • BRAHMS | Nänie, Op.82
  • BRAHMS | Gesang der Parzen, Op.89
  • ROSSINI | Stabat Mater

Soprano - Lilia Carpinelli
Soprano - Anna Pierard
Tenor - Brenton Spiteri
Bass - Martin Snell


After the Stabat Mater was performed complete for the first time in Paris in early 1842, the Escudiers reported that: 'Rossini's name was shouted out amid the applause, the audience left the theatre moved and seized by an admiration that quickly won all Paris.' The Brahms is a combination of three of his shorter choral works. These arouse a range of feelings of solemnity, intensity, power, urgency and volatility, while also forming a rich stormy tapestry. The choral pieces demonstrate beautifully the extent to which choral thinking permeates Brahms' orchestral writing.

Choral Concert Special deal - All adult tickets $25 and Student tickets are $15.00.

Scandinavian Journey
An Orchestral Concert - Produced by Napier Civic Choir

Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College, 42 Lucknow Road, Havelock North
7.30pm Saturday 24th September

  • NIELSEN | Helios Overture, Op.17
  • SIBELIUS | Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op.47
  • SIBELIUS | Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.43

Soloist - Vesa-Matti Leppänen - Violin

This Scandinavian (culturally and geographically) programme is one of our highlights this year. We will immerse ourselves in the sounds of Northern Europe's nature. We are exceptionally lucky to do so by the hand of our New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Finnish concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen. This is truly an evocative programme which will remain long in our memory.

Orchestral concert tickets $39.00.

Mozart - July 1st and 3rd

Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Browning Street, Napier
7.30pm Friday 1 July and 2.30pm Sunday 3 July

  • SCHUBERT | Stabat Mater in G minor, D.175
  • WAGNER | Wesendonck Lieder
  • MOZART | Mass in C minor, K427, ‘Great’

Soprano - Lisa Harper-Brown
Soprano - Carleen Ebbs
Tenor - Declan Cudd


Lisa Harper-Brown performs one of Wagner's two non-operatic works, expressing wistfulness, pathos and intensity in the romantic style. Mozart's Great Mass, written for his wife, was a very intimate and personal work by this genius of Salzburg. Unfinished like his requiem, it possesses some of his most beautiful church music.

Brahms - July 2nd

An Orchestral Concert - Produced by Napier Civic Choir

Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College, 42 Lucknow Road, Havelock North
7.30pm Saturday 2nd July

  • BEETHOVEN | Leonore Overture No.3
  • SCHUMANN | Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54
  • BRAHMS | Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68

Soloist - Jian Liu - Piano

It took Brahms 21 years to write his first symphony. Aware of the grandiosity of Beethoven it must have been difficult to make the first step. Brahms' first symphony speaks of struggle and triumph, containing some of the most emblematic Brahmsian themes. Wellington lecturer and concert pianist Jian Liu joins us to perform Schumann's exciting A minor Piano Concerto, a colourful and passionate piece sure to delight any concertgoer.

HAYDN - April 1st and 3rd

The choral concerts on 1 and 3 April are now being held at St John's Cathedral
7.30pm Friday 1 April and 2.30pm Sunday 3 April

  • ERIC WHITACRE | Five Hebrew Love Songs
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | In Windsor Forest
  • MOZART | Exsultate, jubilate, K.165
  • HAYDN | Mass in B flat, Harmoniemesse, Hob. XXII:14

Soprano - Madeleine Pierard
Alto - Sarah Court
Tenor - Andrew Glover


Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre dreamed of becoming a rock superstar, but was detoured by life-altering experiences in choir and band. This selection is a series of troubadour songs set to delicate Hebrew poems. Madeleine Pierard will take us on a virtuosic journey with Mozart's motet and our wonderful quartet of soloists will dialogue with the choir in Haydn's exquisite Mass.

Beethoven - April 2nd

An Orchestral Concert - Produced by Napier Civic Choir

The orchestral concert on 2 April is now being held at Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College, Havelock North
7.30pm Saturday 2nd April

  • BEETHOVEN | Symphony No.8 in F major, Op.93
  • SAINT-SAËNS | Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33
  • BEETHOVEN | Symphony No.4 in B flat major, Op.60

The music of Beethoven is presented in its most positive mood. While overshadowed by their predecessors and subsequent works (Symphonies 3, 5, 7, 9), both symphonies featured in this programme radiate optimism and classical simplicity. This truly exhilarating evening includes Saint-Saëns' passionate cello concerto, played by the inspiring Rolf Gjelsten


For the fantastic 2016 photography and design, a special thanks goes out to:

DESIGN Melissa Pierard | PHOTOGRAPHY Richard Wood Photography | All rights reserved.

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