Concerts

King’s at the Cathedral Series 2016-17

St John Passion by J.S. Bach

with

Ensemble Regale, led by David Greenberg
Matthew Anderson, Evangelist
Alexander Dobson, Jesus
Matthew Cassils, Pilate & bass arias
Janelle Lucyk, soprano arias
Daniel Taylor, alto arias
Philippe Gagné, tenor arias

stjohnpassion_posterJ. S. Bach’s masterful representation of the Passion of Christ according to St John was first performed in Leipzig on Good Friday of 1724. It is a musically extravagant setting full of foreboding and intensity yet startling in its beauty. Five-time Grammy winner Paul Halley directs the acclaimed University of King’s College Chapel Choir, the orchestra Ensemble Regale led by baroque expert David Greenberg, and a wonderful cast of soloists in two performances of the great work.

 

 

 

Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Presented by Musique Royale
$25 in advance through March 31 / $30 thereafter
Students $10 at the door only
Tickets: Musique Royale (902.634.9994),
Shop on the Corner in Lunenburg, and at the door.

Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax
Patron $100 (front rows), Priority $45 (reserved section),
General seating in the Nave & Transept $30 regular / $20 students
Great Choir seating $20 regular / $15 students
Tickets: www.tickethalifax.com (902.422.6278), King’s Co-op Bookstore (902.422.1270 ext. 261), and at the door.


Passion Dinner at Cecilia’s Retreat, Mahone Bay

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
$100 – includes sit-down dinner with entertainment by the soloists,
St John Passion concert ticket for Lunenburg performance, and $35 tax receipt.
Reserve through barbara.butler@ns.sympatico.ca

Past Concerts

A King’s Christmas 2016

With guest narrator Roberta Barker

akc16halifaxposterfinalDescribed by the Chronicle Herald as “annual magic”, A King’s Christmas is back for its ninth year. This feast of seasonal song and story is directed by five-time Grammy winner Paul Halley, and features the University of King’s College Chapel Choir performing a beautiful blend of carols from the medieval to the modern. Roberta Barker is a Professor of Theatre Studies and Associate Director of the Fountain School of Performing Arts in Halifax. Dr Barker brings to these concerts a wealth of expertise in drama and literature with particular focus on the works of regional authors.

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. – St Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish
General Admission $25, Students $10
Reserve in advance at Antigonish Performing Arts 902.867.3909 or www.tickethalifax.com.
Tickets also sold at the door.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. – St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Presented by Musique Royale
General Admission $25, Students $10 at the door.
Reserve in advance at 902.634.9994 / musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com or Shop on the Corner (Lunenburg).
Tickets also sold at the door.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax
Patron $100 (front rows), Priority $45 (front section),
General seating in the Nave $25 in advance / $30 at door, Students $20
Great Choir & Transept seating $20, Students $15
Reserve in advance at www.tickethalifax.com / 902.422.6278 or the King’s Co-op Bookstore / 902.422.1270 ext. 261.
Remaining tickets sold at the door.

For All the Saints 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax 

FATS16The University of King’s College Chapel Choir opens its 2016-17 King’s at the Cathedral concert series with a 20th century masterwork, the Mass in G Minor for Double Choir by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Composed in 1921, the piece is full of the rich harmonies associated with the composer in his most ‘English summertime’ moments, but the origins of the piece are also in the revival of English polyphony and with Vaughan Williams’ identification of his music with ‘the imperishable glories of English prose’.

The concert will also include works by Byrd, Barber, and Poulenc, and glorious hymns accompanied by the Cathedral’s great pipe organ and the Maritime Brass Quintet.

This performance will be the choir’s eighth annual concert celebrating All Saints and All Souls. Featured pieces in the past have been Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil (1915) and Requiem Mass settings by Duruflé (1947), Fauré (1890), Schnittke (1975), Victoria (1603), and de la Rue (c. 1500). Halley and the University of King’s College Chapel Choir continue to present mass settings that are otherwise rarely, if ever, heard performed live in Nova Scotia.

This concert was also presented at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John, New Brunswick on Friday October 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Choral Services in the King’s Chapel

The Chapel Choir sings Choral Evensong every Wednesday and Solemn Eucharist every Thursday in the Chapel – here’s the list of music you will hear at these services.