Blagdana Bogojavljenje ili Sveta tri kralja ove smo godine proslavili u posebnom glazbenom ugođaju zahvaljujući gostujućem zboru Koralnom društvu sveučilišta u Melbourneu (Melbourne University Choral Society) iz Australije. Zbor je svoju europsku turneju započeo nastupom i glazbenim animiranjem svete mise na hrvatskom jeziku u crkvi sv. Andrije pred velikim brojem okupljenih vjernika. Galerija.
Izveli su misu australske skladateljice Sandre Millikan, kao i različite motete i himne od Purcella i Mendelssohna. Na veliku radost svih nazočnih izveli su i nekoliko tradicionalnih hrvatskih božićnih pjesama.
Nakon svete mise nastavili smo zajedništvo na ugodnom druženju u župnoj dvorani.
U nastavku prenosimo dojmove samog zbora:
This morning MUCS gave the choir's first performance on this European tour. We performed the High Mass for the Drei König Fest (The Three Kings Festival of the Epiphany) for the Croatian Catholic community of Salzburg and surrounds in the glorious acoustics of Andräkirche (St Andrew's Church) opposite Mirabell Palace in Salzburg.
There was a huge congregation (about 600 people) and the choir performed very well, taking advantage of the glorious reverberant acoustics to perform an Australian setting of the Mass by Sandra Millikan as well as various motets and hymns by Purcell, Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn, and in what was a first for us all, also performing a number of pieces in Croatian, (as well as Old Church Slavonic, Latin and English). At the end of the service the choir was invited to move to the chancel steps and perform a special encore to celebrate the Epiphany which is a very important festival here, after which they were greeted with a standing ovation and a lovely address by the local clergy who were obviously thrilled to have a large choir from Australia there to make their special day even more memorable.
MUCS members and our supporters were then invited to attend a social exchange with members of the church in the parish hall to drink Croatian beer, home made cherry brandy and Apfelsaft, and stuff ourselves with an impressive array of home baked pastries, and delicious home cured meats ranging from smoked Venison and Prosciutto, to all kinds of cold cut pork and salumi. Just the thing to sustain a choir on a cold day!