INVERNESS Choral Society returns to Eden Court on Saturday with a concert featuring two of music’s best-loved composers, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn.
Although Mendelssohn’s Third and Fourth Symphonies, the "Scottish" and the "Italian", are well-known to concert audiences, his other symphonies are less often heard, and many people are surprised to discover that the Second Symphony is a major choral work, known as the "Hymn of Praise".
Commissioned for the celebrations in Leipzig to mark the 400th anniversary of Gutenberg’s invention of printing, it shows the influence of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and combines orchestral music with a cantata setting words from the Bible.
Once very popular with choirs, it is best known today for its duet for two sopranos, "I waited for the Lord".
This will be the first performance of the piece since Inverness Choral since 1969.
Curiously enough, then as now, it shared the bill with Vivaldi’s Gloria.
The concert takes place in Eden Court’s Empire Theatre at 7.30pm with guest soloists Louise Kemeny and Natalie Montakhab (sopranos), Catriona Morison (mezzo-soprano) and Thomas Morss (tenor). The singers will be accompanied by the Inverness Choral Sinfonia, will be conducted by Gordon Tocher.
Tickets, price £16 (students and under-18s £8), are available from the theatre box office.
• There will be more massed voices at Eden Court on Sunday with the ever popular Highland Hospitals Christmas Carol Concert at 3pm.
Steve Jones returns to conduct the choir of NHS staff with a guest solo appearance from Peter Kelly, fresh from his role in Starlight Musical Theatre’s Eden Court show Next!
Proceeds will go to CLIC Sargent Scotland.