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Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra and Willoughby Symphony Choir perform ‘CELESTIAL ROSSINI’
4 November @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT
Ku-ring-gai (Philharmonic Orchestra) and Willoughby (Symphony choir) will ‘amalgamate’ for the first time to perform together in a programme titled ‘CELESTIAL ROSSINI’. Uniting under the baton of Peter Ellis, Music Director of WSC and a regular guest conductor with KPO, they will perform Rossini’s enduringly popular Stabat Mater which combines choir, orchestra and 4 soloists in a powerful work replete with gorgeous solos and profound choruses. Balancing this is Stravinsky’s witty and light-hearted Pulcinella Suite which he originally composed as music for the ballet of the same name.
Peter Ellis says:
‘I’m delighted to have been invited to conduct this concert. I’m excited that the wonderful KPO will be back in the Concourse, and that we have four talented young soloists. Perhaps I’m most excited that as a guest with the KPO I’m able to bring my own Willoughby Symphony Choir to the party. I can certainly speak to how hard the performers are working in preparation. It would be wonderful for us to know we’re going to share this program with you and many others. It’s a once only performance, so I implore you to get your tickets and experience the joy that comes from glorious music in a great venue.’
Talented mezzo-soprano Barbara (Yuanyuan) Jin is one of the 4 young opera singers who will be soloists in the concert. Barbara studied for three years on scholarship at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, China before relocating to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to complete her Bachelor of Music as a recipient of the International Student First Prize Scholarship. She studied with Maree Ryan AM for her Masters of Opera Performance and is now in the 2017 Young Artist Program with Pacific Opera.
Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra and Willoughby Symphony Chorus
Peter Ellis conductor
Ashlee Woodgate soprano
Barbara Jin mezzo soprano
Joshua Oxley tenor
Henry Wright bass
Haydn Te Deum No 2 in C
Stravinsky Pulchinella Suite
Rossini Stabat Mater