When the Mozart comes to town concert came to Ōtaki, the people came to town to hear an afternoon of the maestro’s music at Nga Purapura.
The Kapiti Chorale and Kapiti Chamber Choir, soloists Imogen Thirlwall, Ruth Reid, Jamie Young and Simon Christie and orchestra, all under the baton of musical director Eric Sidoti who brought the combined choirs of over 100 voices, soloists and orchestra together for a wonderful afternoon of music.
The highlight on the programme was Mozart’s Requiem, as arranged by Duncan Druce. This was the New Zealand premier of Druce’s completion of Mozart’s unfinished work.
During the first half of the programme was filled with “other Mozart gems”, as stated on the programme, this included some songs by each choir, the combined choirs and some with the soloists. These included the Ave Verum Corpus, Benedictus sit Deus and Veni Sanctus Spiritus.
The orchestra included members of the Kapiti Concert Orchestra, Wellington Chamber Orchestra, Hutt Valley Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington and the Wellington Brass Band
The venue was abuzz with enthusiasm and praises as the appreciative audience of 500 left the hall.
The reception of the combined choirs and orchestra must bode well for future performances in Ōtaki.