Ensemble Opera Diversa has prepared an advent programme of contemporary religious music for Euroradio Christmas Music Day. There will be performances of the works O antifony for baritone and strings and the Magnificat for choir and strings by their court composer Ondřej Kyas and the Sonata da Chiesa by Peter Graham. The concert will be conducted by Gabriela Tardonová, with the baritone Roman Hoza, the Ensemble Opera Diversa orchestra and the Ensemble Versus choir performing.
Ensemble Opera Diversa will begin with the work O antifony for baritone and strings, which they commissioned from their court composer Ondřej Kyas for this concert. Originally these were short liturgical texts sung in the last week before Christmas before a hymn to the Virgin Mary from the gospel of Luke. In the middle there will be the Sonata da Chiesa by Peter Graham, a purely instrumental composition and in this sense a contrast with the works by Kyas. O antifony follows on from Kyas’ previous religious works for the ensemble (Stabat Mater, Magnificat and Te Deum Laudamus). This time however in place of a choir there will be a single soloist, the baritone Roman Hoza (a member of the National Theatre in Brno). The joyful Magnificat by Ondřej Kyas will bring the concert to a close.
The Advent concert will take place on Sunday 17 December 2017 from 8 p.m. in the Convent of the Brothers of Charity.
A concert as part of Euroradio Christmas Music Day will be broadcast live by Czech Radio Vltava and other stations in the Euroradio network: Spanish Radio (Madrid), Saarland Radio, Estonian Radio, Swedish Radio, Portuguese Radio, Hessen Radio, Danish Radio, Greek Radio, the BBC, Icelandic Radio and Slovenian Radio.