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Christmas Fantasia

The Darwin Chorale finishes a performance packed year with a beautiful program in Christmas Fantasia. 

Again displaying its ability to perform different styles of music, the chorale leaps from the musical theatre of CHESS, performed to great acclaim in October at the Darwin Entertainment Centre, to a concert of superb classical Christmas music. 

The program includes works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Handel and Saint-Saens, plus a selection of carols. With 50 singers accompanied by a string orchestra, Music Director Michael Loughlin leads the Darwin Chorale in the ambient surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral.

“The audience will particularly enjoy Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, which includes several well-known carols and features bassoon soloist Alana Bryett and full choir,” says Loughlin. 

“Other highlights include a trio from the Mozart opera Cosi Fan Tutte featuring Fiona Wake and Nora Lewis AM, and Vivaldi’s short choral work Beatus Vir (Blessed is the man) with Fiona Wake, Erin Gleeson, Jennifer Rivett and full choir.”

A special feature of the concert will be a performance of Vivaldi’s flute concerto Il Gardellino (The Goldfinch) by local flautist (and Off The Leash Managing Editor) Roslyn Perry, accompanied by the string orchestra. 

The audience will of course have the chance to join the choir for carols throughout the program, and the concert will conclude with a rousing rendition of the much-loved favourite the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s Messiah.

Sat 16 Dec | 7.30pm | Christ Church Cathedral | $25 | darwinchorale.org.au

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