Dido and Aeneas by Purcell and Gloria - Vivaldi

Fri 19 Oct 2018 7:30pm9:00pm

The University of Queensland School of Music will perform two of the great canonic works of the Baroque era at the glorious St John’s Cathedral.  Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Vivaldi’s Gloria RV589, will be presented by the University of Queensland Chorale and the Pulse Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of internationally acclaimed early music specialist, Professor Neal Peres Da Costa


St John's Cathedral
Ann Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000


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Neal Peres Da Costa is a graduate of the University of Sydney, the Guildhall School of Music, and the University of Leeds. He is Professor of Historical Performance and Program Leader of Postgraduate Research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A performing scholar and world-recognised authority on 19th century piano performing practice, his monograph Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012) is hailed as a book ‘no serious pianist should be without’ (Limelight, 2012) and honoured as ‘a notable book’ on Alex Ross’s 2012 Apex List. Other influential publications include a 9-volume set of Urtext/performing editions of Brahms’ Sonatas for solo instrument and piano published by Bärenreiter-Verlag (2015/16) of which he was a chief editor. Neal has recently received prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for a three-year Discovery Project (2017-19) for performance research in 19th-century piano playing.

The University of Queensland Chorale is the flagship of the choral program at UQ. It draws its members from many faculties across the University, with a high proportion of its members from within the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program.

While the Chorale exists to provide core training in choral technique, repertoire and aural skill for its members, it also undertakes an ambitious performance program that sees it regularly collaborating with the UQ Symphony Orchestra and with a variety of other musicians and ensembles, including Pulse Chamber Orchestra and community organisations such as the Queensland Youth Orchestra (2017), the Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony (2013), and the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and its guest director John Curro (2014). The Chorale is honoured to regularly sing in such amazing venues as QPAC, City Hall, and St Stephen’s and St John’s cathedrals.

Recent repertoire has included music ranging from the Henry Purcell Te Deum to the Requiems of Johannes Brahms and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Benjamin Britten’s The Company of Heaven and Hymn to St Cecilia; Zoltán Kodály’s Laudes Organi; Masses by Anton Bruckner, Antonín Dvořák and Josef Rheinberger; and other choral works by Parry, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Stephen Leek and more. The Chorale has performed in previous years with UQSO and several guest choirs, including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (2015), William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast (2016), Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” (2017) and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem (2018).