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Magnificat!

This December, audiences in Sydney’s north will have the chance to hear two very different settings of the Magnificat. On December 2nd and 3rd, Manly Warringah Choir will perform J.S. Bach’s version and the following week, Mosman Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform the setting written by Durante, but more often attributed to Pergolesi.

Our musical director, Andrew Del Riccio will be involved in both performances, playing trumpet at the Manly concert, and conducting the concert at Mosman.

The Magnificat, also known as the Canticle of Mary, is particularly appropriate for the Advent season. The text comes from the Gospel of Luke (1:46–55) where it is spoken by Mary when she visits  her cousin Elizabeth. The virgin Mary has been told by the angel Gabriel that she is going to have a child who will be the Son of God. When she asks how this could happen, the angel tells her she will be visited by the Holy Spirit so that the child’s conception will be divine. The angel gives proof that nothing is impossible by telling her that her cousin Elizabeth, who is old and past child bearing age is also pregnant. So according Mary goes to visit Elizabeth, and when Mary greets her, Elizabeth feels the baby (who is to become John the Baptists)  move. Elizabeth praises Mary for her faith  and Mary responds with what is now known as the Magnificat.

My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in  God my saviour
For he has looked on the humility of his handmaiden
And behold, from henceforth all generations will call me blessed
For he who is mighty has magnified me and holy is his name
And his mercy is on those that fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown the strength in his arm
He has scattered the proud in the arrogance of their hearts
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly
The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich sent away empty.
As he promised our fathers, Abraham and his descendants forever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now, and always will be, forever and ever. Amen.

And for any Latin scholars out there:

Magnificat anima mea dominum
Et exultavit spiritus meus in deo salutari meo
Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae
ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes
Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius
Et misericordia eius a progenie in progenies timentibus eum
Fecit potentiam brachio suo
Dispersit superbos mente cordis sui
Deposuit potentes de sede,et exaltavit humiles.
Esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes.
Suscepit Israel puerum suum recordatus misericordiae suae
Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros Abraham et semeni eius in saecula
Gloria patri, et filio, et spiritui sancto sicut erat in principio,
Et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen

Choral Music in Sydney’s North

Our fledgling choir, Mosman Symphony Chorus, is up and running, with rehearsals already beginning for our June concert when they will join the orchestra for a performance of Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G. By all accounts the small, but very enthusiastic group is having a ball at Monday night rehearsals, with the joy of singing being augmented by the bliss of Rufina’s baking at supper. They would warmly welcome new members of all voice types.

In the meantime our friends at Manly Warringah Choir will be performing Brahms’ German Requiem at the Cardinal Cerruti Chapel in Manly on Saturday May 6th at 7.30pm. This will be their last performance in Australia before heading to Carnegie Hall to perform the same work with choirs from all over the world at the invitation of Distinguished Choirs International New York, DCINY.

The Manly concert will be conducted by the wonderful Carlos Alvarado, who  conducted our Movies concert last year. There will be 2 outstanding soloists in Anita Kyle and David Greco. It would be great if we could support our fellow musicians by attending what promises to be an inspiring performance.

Bookings: www.manlywarringahchoir.org.au  or phone 9953 2443  or  0432 656 798

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