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‘Magnificat’ will be a triple delight

If the saying two is better than one is true, then residents could be in for a real treat with three renditions of ‘Magnificat.’

The Bermuda Chamber Choir will present three distinctly different versions of the canticle at St John’s Church in Pembroke on June 11 and 12.

They will be performing a baroque version by Johann Sebastian Bach, a baroque and classical blend by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and a tuneful modern version by present day composer John Rutter.

Kate Ross, the new Bermuda Chamber Choir director, said she was hopeful the audience would enjoy the unique versions.

“The three settings in our presentation are equally uplifting as they are different,” she said “and we hope that the audience will enjoy the interpretations of this text through the music of the masters, both old and new.

“These truly are magnificent pieces.”

The ‘Magnificat’ is a liturgical setting taken from the Gospel of Luke and describes Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is pregnant with the future John the Baptist and can feel the baby move in her womb. She praises Mary for her spiritual faith and Mary sings the ‘Magnificat’ in response.

It is also known as the Song of Mary or Canticle of Mary; and is believed to have been set to music more than any liturgical text other than the Mass.

Ms Ross has been in Bermuda since 1983 when she began teaching with the Menuhin Foundation.

Since then she has become a well-known figure in local musical and theatrical circles. She is currently the Head of Senior Years and IB Coordinator at Bermuda High School.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the very talented Bermuda Chamber Choir in preparation for this celebration of the ‘Magnificat’ and I wish to thank Oliver Grant for his support.”

The orchestra will be led by

Kerry Haslam; while Mr Grant serves as the rehearsal accompanist.

Tickets, $20 for students and $35 for adults, are available at www.ptix.bm; as well as C Travel on Burnaby Street, Hamilton.

Sponsor tickets, $55, are also available and include premium seating and a reception.

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Published May 31, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm)

‘Magnificat’ will be a triple delight

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