We are the Bundaberg Orpheus Singers, Queensland, Australia.
We love singing good music together for our own enjoyment and the enjoyment of others.
We welcome singers aged 18 to 80+.
We meet for practice on Monday evenings at 7.00 pm in the McNaught Hall of the Bundaberg Uniting Church, 34 Barolin Street, Bundaberg.
AND .......
We need more men!! Particularly tenors. Now is the time to come along and sing along. You know you want to.

Monday, 15 September 2014

And the Men!

Not to be outdone by the sops and the altos, the tenors and basses have their own spots in the All About Mary Concerts.

Remember Paint your Wagon?

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Remember the show-stopper - They call the wind Maria?

Harve Presnell's version of the song in the 1929 movie upstaged the performances of Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood. 
Everyone who is anyone has recorded it - from Jim Nabors to Bryn Terfel.
Mariah Carey was named for this song. 

But read this!......

"In George Rippey Stewart's 1941 novel Storm, he gives the storm which is the protagonist of his story the name "Maria".

The success of Stewart's novel was one factor that motivated U.S. military meteorologists to start the informal practice of giving women's names to storms in the Pacific during World War II. The practice became official in 1945. In 1953, a similar system of using women's names was adopted for North Atlantic storms. This continued until 1979, when men's names were incorporated into the system.[21] 

Although Stewart's novel is set in 1935, the novel and its impact on meteorology later inspired Lerner and Lowe to write a song for their play about the California gold rush, and like Stewart, they too gave a wind storm the name Maria, which is pronounced /məˈraɪ.ə/.[20] The lines throughout the song end infeminine rhymes mostly using the "long i" sound /aɪ/, echoing the stress pattern and vowel sound of the name Maria."

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

There will be some baa-ing and bleating between sops and altos in the All About Mary Concerts. 
Allison has produced, from her own girlhood, a wonderful version of Mary had a Little Lamb

But, Did You Know.....

Mary had a Little Lamb   is based on an actual incident?  

And here is the school that Mary took the lamb to:

AND.... Mary had a little lamb  was the very first thing recorded by Thomas Edison on his newly invented phonograph in 1877.

If you want more,  Wikipedia, as always, has it all. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

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The centrepiece of the All About Mary Concerts will be Pachelbel's magnificent Magnificat. 

"The distinguished choral director/musicologist, Walter Rodby has provided us with an important musical and musicological discovery - "Magnificat in G" by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). So far as can be determined through exhaustive research, a modern edition of this work has never been published, and in all probability, has not been performed in the past 250 years." (The Lorenz Corporation

This strong and expressive music is scored for four vocal parts, with trumpets and strings in accompaniment.  A very special ten minutes of musical pleasure. 

(PS  The Magnificat was Mary's song of praise after being told by the Angel that she was to be the Mother of the Saviour - It begins "My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour".)