St ANDREW'S UNITED CHURCH 311 FitzWilliam St, Nanaimo

Sunday 19 November, 2:30 pm

Musica Magnifica:  featuring Bach’s Magnificat with the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra augmented by members of the  Cowichan Consort Orchestra


Musica Magnifica

Magnificat by JS Bach

Magnificent Music - music that lifts our spirits, stirs our hearts and magnifies our minds!

Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious Magnificat in D is the featured work in the first half of Malaspina Choir’s fall concert program.  A heavenly praise of the spirit composed for choir, soloists and orchestra, this music sparkles and dances. The concert opens with Hayden’s anthem Insanae et vanae curae where fast, discordant passages contrast with gentle, sweet and soothing music and thrilling organ accompaniment that encourages us to look outwards and beyond ourselves. 

As well as Brahms, Berlioz and Schutz, the second half of the concert includes music by contemporary composers John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen and Randall Thompson’s setting of Robert Frost’s iconic poem Choose Something Like a Star. All these works remind us to be inspired by mountains, the stars, the heavens.

The concert brings together Malaspina Choir; the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra augmented with woodwinds, the Victoria Brass and timpani; organist Peter Orme; guest professional soloists and the choir’s award-winning accompanist, Sharon Wishart, all under the direction of Music Director Lionel Tanod.

Director: Lionel Tanod

Pianist:   Sharon Wishart

Tickets will be available from the Port Theatre Box Office , 250-754-8550.

Adult – $20, Under 25 (Youth) – $10, under 12 free.

High school students can purchase eyeGO tickets at the Port Theatre for $5.

Also available from members and at the door.