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Christmas Music

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‘Tis the Season…

For many of us, one of the highlights of the Christmas period is the joyous seasonal music. Mosman residents are spoilt for choice this year, with a feast of Christmas music and carols performed locally.

Mosman Symphony Chorus & Orchestra:  Mass For Christmas
Sunday Dec 8th at 2.30 pm.
Mosman Art Gallery

Join the orchestra and choir in our final concert for the year. As well as Charpentier’s delightful Messe de Minuit, you’ll hear chamber music presented by players from the orchestra, carols from the choir and orchestra, as well as some carols for the audience to sing. The choir will be preparing a scrumptious afternoon tea to celebrate the season.  Bookings available now.

Mosman Christmas Lights Party
Sunday, 15th  December from 7pm till 8.30pm
Prince Albert St, Mosman

Players from Mosman Symphony Orchestra will also be performing at the Mosman Christmas Lights Party. You can stroll along the street, enjoying the many houses on Prince Albert St that are lit up with Christmas lights (the street is closed to traffic).
Visitors enjoy ice-cream, pizza, sausage sizzles and more, along with music, photos with Santa and craft and cake stalls hosted by the children on the street and community clubs. The street party is now in its 5th year with support from Mosman Council, Mosman and North Sydney SES, Mosman Lions, Mosman Rotary, Taronga Zoo, local sporting clubs and businesses.

Manly Warringah Choir: A Classic Christmas
Saturday 30th November at 7.30 pm
Sunday 1st December at 4.00 pm
Cardinal Cerretti Chapel, Darley Road, Manly

Our friends at Manly Warringah Choir will be presenting Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. extracts from Handel’s Messiah, and Christmas carols for choir and audience, conducted by Carlos Alvarado. Click here for poster

Mosman Musical Society: A Christmas Concert
22nd December at 2.30
Sacred Heart Church Hall, 23 Cardinal Street, Mosman

A concert celebrating the joy of Christmas performed by the choristers of Mosman Musical Society and the Gagliano Ensemble directed by Dr Jim Coyle.

Town Hall Messiah
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December at 3pm

A bit farther afield, at Sydney Town Hall, you can catch our conductor Andrew Del Riccio, whose Trumpet Shall Sound! This is a wonderful experience with a massed combined choir, terrific young soloists, and a great orchestra, conducted by the ebullient Tim Chung. Click here for website

 

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

Christmas Music

There are some lovely concerts of  Christmas music coming up at the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel in Manly.

On Dec 2nd at 7.30 Music at Manly is presenting a fun-filled concert and a sing-a-long, to start your festive season. There will be brass and solo vocals, culminating with the Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah. For more details click here.

Dec 3rd & 4th sees the Manly Warringah Choir with orchestra & soloists performing Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, as well as carols for choir & audience. The conductor will be Carlos Alvarado, who conducted our recent Movies concert to great acclaim. For more details click here.