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Wokingham Choral Society: Antonín Dvořák - 'Stabat Mater'
Wokingham Choral Society
welcomes you to their Spring 2019 Concert.
Dvořák's Stabat Mater was a work brought about by personal tragedy. In 1875, his young daughter Josefa died at only two days of age.
The grieving father began work on the Stabat Mater, as a means of coping with his beloved child's death.
It was to become a work of mourning and a work of healing, for the Stabat Mater is based on an ancient Roman Catholic poem, in Latin,
that tells of the Virgin Mary's grief over the crucifixion of Jesus as she is standing under his cross.
With its original musical phrases filled with the romantic settings of its time and inspired by family loss of exceptionally large
proportions, it still comes across as one of the most personal settings ever and provides an inspiring statement of faith and hope.
After the piece's December 1880 première, the response in England was so great that Dvořák was invited to conduct it here
and thus started his rise to fame in the anglophone world.
Soloists: Robyn Parton, soprano; Stephanie Wake-Edwards, mezzo soprano; William Blake, tenor; Giles Underwood, bass.
With the Hampstead Chamber Orchestra, and Benedict Lewis-Smith, continuo.
Conductor: James Morley Potter.
Tickets: £15 (£5 under 18s & students)
are available from Information Centre, Wokingham; Newbury Building Society, Wokingham; Jay Design & Print, Wokingham
or by email
or online from TicketSource (Booking fee applies)
Find out more about us at: www.wokingham-choral-society.org.uk.