Soul-inspiring music for both the spiritual and the secular

The Colombo Philharmonic Choir will present a programme of Sacred Songs that dwells on the theme of worship of God at the Ladies’ College Chapel on Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Those who wish to witness the majesty of God and his creation in a spirit of worship will enjoy this soul-inspiring music, while those in a secular frame of mind, will enjoy the structural beauty and melodic harmonies created by the great composers.

Manique Goonewardene Sanjeev Niles Charith Peris

The focus of the programme will be on the choral works of Felix Mendelssohn. The major work that will be performed is his choral cantata in A Minor, ‘O God Look Down from Heaven’, a work in four movements.

Sanjeev Niles (baritone) will sing the solo recitative that forms part 2 of this work. The other major work by Mendelssohn will be ‘The Lord hath Commanded’, which is one of the six sections from “As Pants the Hart’, a work based on Psalm 42.

Manique Goonewardene (soprano) will sing the solo section against the background of a tenor-bass chorus. The choir will also sing Mendelssohn’s Motet ‘Nunc Dimittis’, which is a composition based on the Song of Simeon (Luke 2: 28)

Some of the other works that will be performed are “God so Loved the World” (John 3: 16) from John Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’, ‘O Worship the Lord’ (Psalm 96 v. 9 and 10) by John Travers, ‘The Heavens are Declaring’ by Ludwig van Beethoven, ‘Lord God of Hosts’ by Johannes Brahms and ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ by Gabriel Fauré. Charith Peris will sing the solo ‘Agnus Dei’ by Georges Bizet. The ‘Agnus Dei’ is an integral part of the liturgy of the Mass, though it was not written by Bizet as such. The words have been set to the incidental music written by Bizet for Alphonse Daudet’s play ‘L’Arlesienne’.

Entrance will be by programme that will be available at the door. Those who wish to obtain programmes in advance should contact Minoli- tel: 2729330, Neomi – tel: 2697952 or Therese – tel; 2716332.

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