Oratorio Society of Minnesota to present premiere of 'Annelies'

Contact:

Matthew Mehaffey

Artistic Director

612-432-7398

mehaffey@umn.edu

 

 

ORATORIO SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA and ADRIANA ZABALA TO PRESENT REGIONAL PREMIERE of ORATORIO BASED ON THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

 

St. Paul, Minn. -- The Oratorio Society of Minnesota proudly announces the first concert of its 34th season, Annelies by British composer, James Whitbourn.  Annelies is a 75-minute choral work for soprano soloist, choir and instrumentalists. The libretto is compiled and translated by Melanie Challenger from The Diary of Anne Frank.  “Annelies” is the full forename of Anne Frank, now commonly referred to by her abbreviated forename, Anne.  Renowned mezzo-soprano ADRIANA ZABALA will perform the title role of Anne Frank in this regional premiere.  The 80-voice Oratorio Society Chorus will be accompanied by violin, cello, clarinet and piano.  The concert will be conducted by Oratorio Society Artistic Director, MATTHEW MEHAFFEY.

‘‘The greatest accomplishment here is that James Whitbourn has created some music of great beauty, without trespassing into the realm of cloying. Not only does that release one to listen to the work's oases of soaring melody (both in the vocal and solo instrumental sections) with impunity but leaves the integrity of such an important piece of literature, and history, intact.’’ - GRAMOPHONE'S February 2013 review of Annelies.

This project is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.  It is also made possible with the support of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council.

Who: Oratorio Society of Minnesota Chorus, Adriana Zabala, Conducted by Matthew Mehaffey

What: Annelies, by James Whitbourn, a musical setting of the Diary of Anne Frank, with a libretto by Melanie Challenger

Where: Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina, MN 55436

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Tickets: $20 adult, $10 student available at oratorio.org or by calling 866-811-4111

For more information, please call the Oratorio Society at 612-432-7398

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is an auditioned 80-voice choral ensemble based in the Twin Cities. Celebrating its 34th year, OSM challenges and delights its audiences through dynamic and diverse choral music performed with skill and passion. Society members are of all ages and from all walks of life and have considerable choral singing experience. Its civic engagement and educational programs foster lifelong choral singing.

 

 

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota Presents ANNELIES

 

Sunday, November 24 at 4 pm.

 

Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina

 

Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for students with I.D.

 

Call 866-811-4111 or online at oratorio.org

 

 

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