When "unaccompanied" means the ultimate in togetherness...

The upcoming concert season “Lux Aeterna” (Eternal Light), showcases something at which the Oriana Choir excels, namely a cappella, or unaccompanied, singing. The term, ‘a cappella’, is Italian (as are the vast majority of musical terms!), and its literal meaning is ‘in the manner of the chapel’, for that is where it began. When you see a piece of sheet music with notation for voices but not instruments, or where the instrumental part is marked ‘for practise only’, you know that it is to be performed without accompaniment. ‘A cappella’ contrasts with ‘cantata’, which refers to accompanied singing. A cappella singing had its origins in church and other religious music, from many cultures arou

Experience the majesty of Mozart

Of the many pieces comprising Oriana’s “Lux Aeterna” concert series, one of the loveliest, if not the loveliest, is Mozart’s setting of “Ave Verum Corpus”, which means, when translated into English, “Hail, True Body”. “Ave Verum Corpus” is a short Eucharistic chant, dating from the fourteenth century, and attributed to Pope Innocent the Sixth. During the Middle Ages it was sung at the moment of elevating the bread being consecrated for Holy Communion. It is a meditation on the doctrine of trans-substantiation, and the belief that the bread of the Eucharist is transformed into the actual body of Christ. The original Latin text is: Ave verum corpus, natum de Maria Virgine, vere passum, immol

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Based in Buderim on Queensland's vibrant Sunshine Coast, Oriana Arts Inc is the home of the highly acclaimed, multi award-winning Oriana Choir and the Sunshine Coast Youth Choir



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