Medieval to Modern
G.F. Handel- Alexander’s Feast
Saturday, July 6, 7:00pm at St. Mary the Virgin Church on Elgin Street in Oak Bay (Admission by Donation)
Music Director Peter Butterfield, vocal coaches Gary Relyea and Sarah Fryer
The Victoria Philharmonic Choir’s summer choral intensive is always a feast of musical enjoyment, and this year even more so, with George Frideric Handel’s ALEXANDER’S FEAST – an ode to the magical power of music to influence emotion, from love and joy to murderous revenge. Handel’s characteristically delicious choruses and arias are the musical setting for John Dryden’s famous poem of the same name, which describes the celebration of Alexander the Great’s victory over the Persians. But a manipulative musician and famous aulos player called Timotheus works his musical wiles on the not-so-great leader... The ode even includes a tribute to St. Cecilia, whose musical powers are of a more sacred and forgiving nature! This work was an instant hit when it was first performed in 1736 in London, and cemented the German-born Handel’s reputation as an “English” composer.
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SummerVoices Adult Choral Workshop
July 2-6, 2019, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Oak Bay
Music Director: Peter Butterfield
Vocal Coaches: Sarah Fryer and Gary Relyea
SummerVoices once again offers a full program option (2.30 – 9.30 – $220) and evening only (7 pm – 9.30 – $160) plus $10 extra to have a printed score provided if you register by May 20. REGISTRATION NOW FULL
Participants have the opportunity for individual voice coaching with noted teachers/professional soloists Sarah Fryer and Gary Relyea, and to try out for solo/small group opportunities.
SummerVoices ends with an informal performance, with orchestra, with entry by donation, and a reception for participants.
Please read the SummerVoices info page carefully – early registration is strongly recommended! There will be an informal read-through of the score at 7 pm Wednesday, June 26; info will be sent to registrants.