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FREE! Music for Orchestra, Choir and Pianos
Saturday, Feb. 17 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PMFree
St. George’s Cathedral’s Heritage Preservation Trust will present a concert with David Cameron conducting the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and the newly formed Cathedral Concert Singers, in music for orchestra, choir and pianos.
The orchestra will be joined by Fran Harkness and Michael Capon playing Bach’s Concerto for Two Keyboards (BWV 1060), and Ms. Harkness will play David Cameron’s Ballade for Piano and Strings.
The choir will join the orchestra in music by Buxtehude and the Seven Last Words by Heinrich Schutz, with baritone Christopher Hall as Jesus and Gilda DiCola Mills, Damien Macedo, Cathedral Dean Don Davidson and the Rev. Kris Michaelson as the four Evangelists.
Counter tenor Damien Macedo will also sing a cantata for voice and strings by Alessandro Stradella, and soprano Tania Fifield joins the choir and Michael Capon at the Cathedral organ for Mendelssohn’s Hear my prayer.
The choir alone will perform other music by John Stainer, Heinrich Schutz, and Hubert Parry.
St. George’s Cathedral, with its familiar dome, has occupied its site at the corner of King and Johnson Streets since 1828. Burned out on New Year’s Day 1899, it was immediately rebuilt, and now fills an important place in Kingston’s downtown, as part of the historical streetscape, and as an unrivalled setting for concerts and other events. With the old Customs House and Post Office buildings on Clarence Street, it forms the only block of 19th-century public buildings still surviving in Ontario.
Unlike the government buildings, or the many 19th-century houses and shops in the downtown core, which are all financed by business or government, St. George’s is supported only by the gifts of its congregation and friends. As the structural maintenance of historic buildings becomes more and more expensive, the Cathedral is inviting members of the Kingston community to join in supporting a Heritage Preservation Trust, which will be used to fund major restorations as they become necessary. This concert is in support of that Heritage Preservation Trust.
ADMISSION IS FREE. At the intermission, or following the concert, the audience will have an opportunity to make or pledge donations in support of the trust. Donations will be receipted for tax purposes. Dr. Cameron and his musical colleagues are all donating their services, to help keep this splendid building open and available for generations to come.
Please join us for a celebration of great music, in a building of historic architectural and acoustical splendour!