From the repertoire of the evergreen and contemporary pieces such as the Hallelujah, Ave Maria, Agnus Dei, Panis Angelicus, O Holy City, O Sole Mio, Granada and Casta Diva, the Opera Mauritius will treat classical music lovers to yet another operatic and performance on Easter Sunday at the Christ the King Parish Hall in Accra.
The two-hour Classical Music performance from 7pm to 9pm will feature award winning singer Veronique Zuel and three other sensational musicians from Opera Mauritius.
Dubbed the “2018 Easter Cantata Classical Music Festival,” this year’s Easter evening will be one to remember as patrons, including diplomats and top business executives within the local and expatriate community in the country shall be treated to relaxing classical pieces.
Put together by the Classical Music Association of Ghana (CMAG) in partnership with the Opera Mauritius with support from the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Mauritius, the two-hour exhilarating and refreshing performance is part of efforts to provide alternative executive entertainment in the country.
While children enter for free and with token gate fees of GH¢20, GH¢50 and GH¢100 for silver, gold and platinum seats respectively for adults, the CMAG seeks to create a critical mass of classical music lovers in the country and make Ghana the hub of classical music in the sub-region.
The four-member Opera Mauritius team, including the internationally acclaimed and award winning Veronique Zuel, are currently in the country rehearsing to make the Easter Sunday evening a memorable one.
The four-member Opera Mauritius team ready to treat Classical Music lovers to a great concert
Speaking ahead of the event and in the company of the programmes director, the chairman of the CMAG Lawyer Alex K. Osei-Owusu was upbeat that in spite of teething organisational challenges, live classical music performance will soon become the alternative entertainment for its distinctive patrons and audience in the country.
Recalling last year’s event in July 2017 which saw very successful maiden shows in Kumasi and Accra, he indicated that this being the first for the year is on course to be even more successful.
Lawyer Osei-Owusu said that the category of people who attended last year’s performance was heart-warming for the association because, “a good number of the attendees were young people accompanied by their parents. It is important for parents to realize how good music, classical music, can help in the intellectual and emotional development of their children. He added that “The significance of that category of people attending the event was immense, as it signaled the sustainability of classical music in the country.”
Considering the calibre of the artistes billed to perform at the event, Lawyer Osei-Owusu said that patrons of the Easter Sunday show should expect nothing but a rendition of classic Easter Cantata comparable to any stage in the world. He is hopeful that this performance will pique the interest of Ghanaians in classical music, noting further that there is scientific evidence that classical music is effective therapy for life-style diseases and medical conditions as diabetes, hypertension, stress and depression.
Lawyer Osei-Owusu said he was looking forward to the time when people from the sub-region and elsewhere in Africa will come to Ghana to attend classical music festivals.