School partnership presents King David

The School of Fine Art and Music and the Uni­versity of Guelph Choirs  present King David, a Dramatic Symphonie Psalm, by Arthur Honegger on April 12, at 8pm at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, 28 Norfolk Street, Guelph.

The presentation features the Guelph Symphony Orches­tra,  conductor Marta McCar­thy, pianist Betty Maher,  so­pra­no soloist Lesley Bouza,   and narrator David McCarthy.

For tickets ($20 or $10 for seniors and students) and/or information, call Karen Bygden, at 519-824-4120 extension 52991.

King David  is a spectacular choral-orchestral work that has been thrilling audiences since its premiere in 1923. This per­formance high­lights the talents of student soloists, four choirs, and sopra­no soloist Les­ley Bouza, a recent University of Guelph graduate who is now studying at the Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama, with the fine musicians of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Church of Our Lady provides an ideal setting for the story of the life of David, the shepherd boy who became King.

Through narration, singing, and colourful orchestration, the audience will hear of David’s battle with Goliath,  the enmity of Saul, David’s love for Bath­sheba, the death of two of  David’s sons, and the trium­phant crowning of a third son, Solomon the Wise.

The concert also includes the University’s Women’s Choir singing Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah, and Ave Maria by David McIntyre,  as well as the University of Guelph Chamber Singers per­forming three movements of Handel’s Chandos Anthem #9 with soloist Thomas Rosendal (a PhD student at University of Guelph), and organist Simon Irving (GSO conductor).