Free Coro show on the stairs

CANBERRANS just love a freebie, but this weekend Coro Chamber Choir is offering one with a touch of class.

The Grand Stair at the Nishi Building, New Acton

The Grand Stair at the Nishi Building, New Acton

As Coro prepares for its August 16 performance of “Magnificat,” in which they weave Bach and Pärt, they’re throwing on a “work-in-progress” at the foot of the Grand Stair leading up to Hotel Hotel.

Coro will spend 90 minutes singing through the Arvo Pärt “Seven Magnificat Antiphons” and “Magnificat,” filling the space with sonorous resonance, and say, “it’s our way of giving you a peek behind the curtain before the main event.”

Patrons are advised to grab a coffee from the hotel or café and take a seat on the steps (one side, they advise, must be kept clear for passing foot traffic) as they work through some of the most sublime repertoire of the 20th Century.

“Magnificat” Work-in-Progress Open Rehearsal, 3-4:30pm, Saturday August 2, Nishi Building, New Acton. FREE. Tickets will be on sale for Magnificat (cash only) throughout. “Magnificat” at All Saints’ Anglican Church, Ainslie 7.30pm , Saturday, August 16.

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