“And now, Mozart!”
Join us at our concert in September as we celebrate the 260th anniversary of the great Mozart’s birth with, among other works, his Great Mass in C minor.
Tickets: $500, $240, $180, $90
Tickets now available at all Urbtix outlets, on Internet, by Mobile Ticketing App and Credit Card Telephone Booking.
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/205843553149204/
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome on board Learners Airlines flight no. SJSS-724 with service from Hong Kong to London, on Leonardo’s Flying Machine à la Mr. Eric Whitacre!
The flight, which will be operated by THE LEARNERS CHORUS in co-operation with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London, will be a journey AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES, featuring (a) choral works originating from 13 countries performed by our cabin crew in 9 different languages, and (b) an Italian opera excerpt performed by our non-Italian speaking bass-baritone captain Mr. Apollo Wong. We are also delighted to have Mr. Leonard W. Rose, a non-Cantonese speaking passenger, join us with his performance of a Cantonese opera excerpt.
We are currently 12 weeks away from takeoff and are expected to land at ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE on 24 JULY 2016 (SUN) 18:00 GMT. Quickly reserve a seat for the musical tour while tickets last! We wish you all a pleasant journey.
Flight details: https://www.facebook.com/events/593553224136494/
Come sing with us in two concerts:
1) a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.8 “Symphony of a Thousand” with musicians and singers from Vienna and members of the Vienna Boys’ Choir in the Finale Concert of the Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival; and
2) our next concert on September 16, 2016 performing Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Learners Orchestra!
Interested singers please sign up for an audition here: bit.ly/1NxSLED
The next audition sessions will be held this Friday (5 Feb).
Many of you would certainly be aware that our concert in July features two Stabat Maters – one of Verdi from his Quattro pezzi sacri, and one of Rossini. Here’s a sneak peek of how our two Italian opera masters accentuate the grief of Mother Mary in their respective settings of the Catholic hymn, on the first 1-2 pages of the vocal score: In Rossini’s setting, a dark mood is created by the orchestra’s plaintive opening, and the initial concealment…
Absence at the first performance of his works is rare for Verdi, yet at the time his Quattro pezzi sacri (or rather, as the “Ave Maria” was omitted, “tre pezzi sacri”) was scheduled to be premiered at the Paris Opera under the baton of Claude-Paul Taffanel, Verdi suffered a mild stroke and as a result advised by his doctor against the trip. Nevertheless, with the help of Arrigo Boito, librettist for Verdi’s operas “Otello” and “Falstaff”, the composer’s specific instructions…
Those who are familiar with Rossini operas would no doubt recognize that dotted rhythms, dramatic leggiero/coloratura lines, fast tempos, cadenzas and appoggiaturas, to name a few, are features commonly found in his works. Can you identify any of the above features in Rossini’s “Cujus animam gementem”, an aria for tenor solo from his Stabat Mater which, partly due to it being notoriously difficult to sing, is often performed separately from the other movements of the work as a demonstration of…
A scala cromatica (chromatic scale) can sometimes be a nightmare to practise – and we say so as singers ourselves – but wait till you meet the Scala Enigmatica! The scala enigmatica, as its name already suggests, is an unusual musical scale featuring both major, minor and augmented seconds. Invented by Adolfo Crescentini, a professor of music at the Bologna Conservatory, this enigmatic scale was first published in Ricordi’s “Gazzetta musicale di Milano” in 1888 as a challenge for its…
Rossini was quoted to have once confessed:- “I have only wept three times in my life: the first time when my earliest opera failed, the second time when, with a boating party, a truffled turkey fell into the water, and the third time when I first heard Paganini play.” His gleeful personality might have molded his compositional style – it is quoted that “audiences took his music as if to an intoxicating drug – or, to put it more decorously,…
Do you know that Verdi, as the man behind “Quattro pezzi sacri” (“Four Sacred Pieces”), was in fact not a religious believer himself? He was described by his wife to be “a jewel among honest men… but certainly very little of a believer… I exhaust myself in speaking to him about the marvels of the heavens, the earth, the sea, etc. It’s a waste of breath! He laughs in my face and freezes me in the midst of my oratorical…