2018-04-13 / Arts & Entertainment

Colla Voce and special guests perform Annelies, Anne Frank’s diary text set to music

Contributed by Colla Voce


Anne Frank Anne Frank Colla Voce will present Annelies, a work based on the text of “The Diary of Anne Frank” set to music by British composer James Whitbourn.

Described as “woundingly beautiful” by The Daily Telegraph (London), Annelies is the first major choral setting of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and takes the teenager’s powerful and perceptive observations as the basis of its libretto.

The captivating work Annelies is a masterful selection of texts from Anne Frank’s diary, set to music by James Whitbourn, in a celebration of the young girl’s affirmation of life.

Colla Voce and special guests have been invited to perform the work at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. April 22, and the Columbia concert takes place April 29 at 3 p.m. at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive.

Tickets to the Columbia concert are $15 in advance by calling 803-777- 5369 or $20 at the door.

Performing the concert are Colla Voce, a community chamber choir of professionally trained singers led by Dr. Larry Wyatt, soprano Ariana Wyatt, Phillip Paglialonga, and the Avanti Ensemble— David Ehrlich, violin; Ben Wyatt, cello; Teresa Ehrlich, piano.

In addition to past performances in Columbia, the group has performed this moving work to great acclaim in Blacksburg, Va.; Prague, Czech Republic; and Haifa and Tel Aviv, Israel.

Coming up next from Colla Voce will be Bach Around the Clock, May 11, noon to midnight at St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Avenue. A 12-hour celebration of J.S. Bach and his family will feature a series of concerts, including Columbia’s pianist Matthew Ganong who kicks the event off at noon and concludes it at the last concert, from 11 p.m. to midnight. Also featured are Columbia’s organists, both students and professionals, playing Bach family works and youth concerts featuring young pianists and Suzuki Strings students.

Call 803-777-5369 for tickets.

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