Sing. Paint. Dance. Write.
Dedicated to the muses of music, Love The Arts is Supertonic’s final concert series of 2017, completing a remarkable year of sold out concerts that defied the normal boundaries of choral music. In keeping with the concert theme, Supertonic will be sharing its love of the arts by donating the proceeds from the concerts to local cultural organisations: Hamilton’s The Meteor Theatre, Feilding’s Coach House Museum and Wellington’s New Zealand Portrait Gallery.
The concerts will feature four sets of music, each showcasing choral music inspired by a different art form. ‘Write’ will include musical settings of some of the world’s most celebrated poems, including Finnish composer Rautavaara’s mystical interpretation of four poems by the master Spanish writer García Lorca, and Vaughan Williams’ beautiful Rest, with words by Christina Rossetti. With ‘Dance’, the choir will demonstrate its classical and romantic chops with some music from Schumann, Elgar and the audience favourite Polovtsian Dances by Borodin.
In a moment of introspection, ‘Sing’ will delve into the very essence of music itself. Perhaps this is showcased best by The Awakening, Joseph M. Martin’s epic rhapsody that begins by imagining a world without music and develops into a stirring anthem pleading to “let music live”. Finishing each concert will be ‘Paint’, a set including Don McLean’s poignant Vincent, Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim, and a special take on the late David Bowie’s Andy Warhol.
Now in only its fourth year, Supertonic (under the direction of Isaac Stone) has cemented its place amongst Wellington’s thriving musical community, with a reputation for combining accessible, provocative and enjoyable concerts with a rich, vibrant and immersive sound. The 56 strong choir of young professionals and recent graduates is built on the ethos that strong friendships, trust in one another, and building enduring relationships is what creates special music for both its singers and its audiences.
Love the Arts will be toured across the North Island, with concerts in Hamilton (3pm, November 25 at the The Meteor), Feilding (3pm, November 26 at the Civic Centre) and Wellington (7pm, November 29 at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery). Tickets are $20/$15 and will be on sale from Wednesday 25 October via supertonic.org.nz.