THE Ballarat Choral Society is gearing up for a one-off event which will feature four leading soloists, an internationally renowned conductor, a hand-picked orchestra and two amazing choirs. In 2016, this small but highly skilled community choir collaborated with Victoria Chorale and conductor Dr Mario Dobernig, to present two performances of Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor. This time, BCS is joining with Victoria Chorale for a brand new collaboration, to culminate in two concerts one in Melbourne and one in Ballarat. The program will centre on Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece, Missa In Angustiis (Mass for a Troubled Time) more commonly known as the Nelson Mass. In addition, there will be the lush beauty of the Alto Rhapsody by Johannes Brahms and a more contemporary orchestral
Joining BCS and VC for this once-in-a-lifetime experience are five extraordinary musicians: • Mezzo-Soprano SallyAnne Russell, who has over 70 operas in her repertoire, and over 40 recordings with ABC Classics, Chandos, Move and Decca
•English Soprano Amy Moore, who has worked with many leading ensemble and consort groups across Europe, focusing on both early and contemporary music
• Baritone Chris Tonkin, whom critics describe as having a ‘substantial voice with honeyed tone’
•Tenor Robert Macfarlane, whose range and capacity for expressive interpretation have seen him work with opera companies around the world, from Auckland to Lyon
•Conductor Mario Dobernig, who has been rapidly emerging as one of the most inspiring conductors of his generation, on both Australian and international podia.
The concert will be held on Sunday 8 October, in the Chapel of St Patrick’s College.