REQUIEM ~ CHERUBINI
Cantoris’ first concert for the year, Requiem by Luigi Cherubini, will be a sublime start to its programme for 2017. The choir will be joined by a talented trio, of which includes its music director Thomas Nikora (pianio), Vivian Stephens (violin) and Lucy Gijsbers (cello) in a soaring performance of Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.32.
Luigi Cherubini was an Italian composer who spent most of his working life in France. Cherubini was commissioned by the government of King Louis XVIII to write for the memorial service for the 23rd anniversary of the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Composed in 1816 and premiered in 1817, the Requiem was performed in a crypt below the Basilica of Saint Denis in Paris, where most of the kings and queens of France and their families were buried, including victims of the French revolution.
The work was greatly admired and praised by composers such as Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms. And it was performed at Beethoven's funeral 10 years later in 1827.
Anton Arensky was a Russian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and upon graduating from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, a professor of music at the Moscow Conservatory in 1882. He returned to Saint Petersburg as the director of the Imperial Choir in 1895. Arensky composed the Piano Trio No.1 for violin, cello and piano in 1894, in memory of the great Russian virtuoso cellist Karl Davydov who was director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory during Arensky’s time there as a student.
Saturday 8 April 2017, 7:30PM
St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington
$25 Adults, $15 Concession, Free for Children 12 years and under
Tickets can be purchased from our website via Internet Banking, or from Eventfinda. Door sales on the day of the concert (subject to availability).