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Orchestral
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Choral Prophecy

Symphonic Choral Prophecy


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Opera
Eyes on The Mountain



    
     

Symphonic Choral Prophecy

for orchestra and chorus

premiere   January 29, 1995
Kingston Symphony
Grant Hall, Kingston Glen fast conducting



instrumentation: 2222 / 4331 / timp+2perc / chorus / strings 
duration: 12:00   
     




"The Kingston Symphony honoured the 40th anniversary of the Kingston Choral Society with... this largely atmospheric work of which this listener would welcome future performances."

The Kingston Whig Standard


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About the Piece



This piece was meant as a response to the Verdi Requiem. That piece does not hold out a lot of hope and the two prophecies that I chose, (Isaiah 26:19 and William Blake) seemed to be each statements of the same prophecy : a prophecy with a resounding and gloriously optimistic and hopeful response a contrast to the bleak outlook of the mass.




Reviews and Press





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The Kingston Whig Standard

Headline:


"Glowing performance marks choral society's anniversary."

On Symphonic Choral Prophecy:
" The Kingston Symphony honoured the 40th anniversary of the Kingston Choral Society with collaborative performances of Verdi's monumental Requiem and a work by composer Christopher Donison, commissioned especially for the occasion......An approachable tonal work for chorus and orchestra, the Symphonic Choral Prophecy began with delicate woodwind solos building to a climax of combined forces.

Donison has created an interesting effect in the opening where the layered orchestra is joined for several bars by the chorus producing only a vowel sound which evolves into the word "Awake". Especially effective was the section of alternating whispers in this largely atmospheric work of which this listener would welcome future performances."













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