Portland Opera Chorus in Concert

The Portland Opera Chorus will be featured in a special concert on Tuesday, October 6th, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park (between Main and Madison), beginning at 7pm.

“The members of our chorus are some of the finest musicians in the Portland area,” said General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “I’ve long wanted to feature them in their own program. This concert gives our choristers a chance to occupy the spotlight with music that showcases their versatility. The selections range from Bach to Bernstein, and none of them comes from an opera.”

Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox leads the concert, with pianist Kira Whiting. “Our program boasts an enormous range of musical styles and languages,” says Fox. “We open with a musically exciting curtain-raiser, excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Chichester Psalms,’ and close with J. S. Bach’s joyous motet ‘Sing a New Song to the Lord.’ In between there are intimate and soul-searching works by Hector Berlioz, Anton Bruckner, and Gabrial Fauré, along with a hypnotic early work by Igor Stravinsky.”

The complete repertory for the concert is as follows:

Leonard Bernstein
Introduction and first movement from “Chichester Psalms,” sung in Hebrew.

Hector Berlioz
“La Mort d’Ophélie” (The Death of Ophelia) from “Tristia,” sung in French.

Anton Bruckner
Four Motets: “Locus Iste,” “Christus factus est,” “Virga Jesse,” and “Vexilla Regis,” sung in Latin.

Gabriel Fauré
Introit et Kyrie, Sanctus, and In Paridisum from “Requiem in D minor,” sung in Latin.

Igor Stravinsky
“Zvezdalikiy” (The Star-Faced One), sung in Russian.

S. Bach
Motet “Singet den Herrn ein neues Lied” (Sing a New Song to the Lord), sung in German

Tickets for The Portland Opera Chorus in Concert are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased in advance by phone from the Portland Opera Box Office at 503-241-1802 (Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm) or at the door on October 6th, beginning at 6pm.