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Preview: “Tonight, Tonight…” by the Portsmouth Choral Union


In an imaginatively programmed concert, Portsmouth Choral Union will be pairing a Choral Suite from Leonard Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’, with a Choral Suite from the same composer’s ‘MASS’ at its concert on Saturday 6 July at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

Bernstein composed ‘MASS’ for the 1971 opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. The work is notable for its mixture of musical styles, combining as it does, Rock and Pop with more traditional Concert and Sacred Music. The music is varied, rhythmic and exciting, and for anyone who likes West Side Story, they will find much to enjoy in this work too.

Alongside these two works, the choir will also perform ‘Misa Criolla’ by Ariel Ramirez. Based on South American folk music, and especially the rhythms and melodies of Argentina, this work – as with Bernstein’s MASS – is a synthesis of popular and liturgical music.

The tenor soloist Anthony Flaum is not only an experienced singer of stage musicals but also has a considerable reputation in the world of opera, singing – amongst others – leading roles in Puccini’s La Boheme and Madame Butterfly. Musicians from Southern Pro Musica will accompany on keyboards and an exotic array of percussion instruments.

Entitled ‘Tonight Tonight’, this concert will take place at the New Theatre Royal on Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm.

Tickets available at Tel: 023 92 649000 or in person at the New Theatre Royal Box Office.

Author: Lois Johnson

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