A celebration of Easter with “beautiful voices, excellent musicians and the splendid environment of the Igreja Matriz in São Brás de Alportel” is what the Coro dos Amigos have in store for Friday, April 21.
The music will be taken from various sources and sung in various languages.
Being a “loosely” Easter concert, the choir has taken advantage of the rich liturgy of Easter to perform one of the many compositions on the Stabat Mater, this one by Joseph Rheinberger.
“Rheinberger’s Stabat Mater, from 1890, is a particularly tuneful composition and one that the choir enjoys throwing itself into – traditional, but with elements of popular opera,” said David Littlewood from the choir. It will be accompanied by Luís Conceição and the Trio Celestion.
The newest piece to be played actually sounds as if it might be the oldest – Ubi Caritas by the Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo who is now living in New York. “America is eager to ‘adopt’ the composer and generally claims that he is influenced by American jazz and film scores, but this piece is definitely rooted in Gregorian chant,” said David.
The concert will be performed at 9pm. Entry is free but donations will be welcome.