Local Composer Premieres New Music

Lyrica Chamber Choir marks the lead up to Easter and Holy Week with an innovative concert this month called “Wondrous Love”.

At the centerpiece of the program is the Mass in G opus 151 by Josef Rheinberger.  The native of Liechtenstein, Bavaria (1839-1901), set the traditional mass text to music.

Rheinberger was a child prodigy by the age of five and was only seven years old when he became the organist at the town church. A special device had to be created to allow his feet to reach the pedals.

The choir has explored other compositions by Rheinberger in the past. Additional compositions in the March program include Pablo Casals, Alice Parker, and Kim Andre Arnesen.

One of the highlights of the evening will be the premiere of a new work for Men’s Chorus by Lee Parkin, a member of Lyrica Chamber Choir. Parkin, a lawyer in the Barrie area, has a masters in music composition.

The piece is based on poetry by Christina Rossetti, a 19th-century British poet. The poem is called “Good Friday” and it is a reflection of a contemporary person thinking about the crucifixion of Christ.

“Lee did a wonderful job of heightening the poetry with musical elements,” said Steve Winfield, artistic director, and conductor of the choir. “(It’s) truly a spectacular concert.”

The concert takes place on Saturday, March 30 at Burton Avenue United Church, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for students or seniors, available at http://www.lyricachoir.ca or by calling 705-722-0271.

Photo: Lee Parkin’s new work for Lyrica Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, premieres March 30.


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