The Madras Musical Association Choir (MMA) will be performing at the prestigious Dubai Opera on February 20 for the first time. This performance by the MMA Choir is at the invitation of The Holy Trinity Church at Dubai that celebrates their 50th year, through an ensemble of choral performances by four international choirs and a full-fledged orchestra titled Musica Gloria.
The 77 voice strong MMA Choir, which is into its 127th year, will be presenting four chorales and then joining three other choirs in the grand finale. The finale to the evening concert at the Dubai Opera will see over 250 voices and musicians perform G F Handel’s, Dixit Dominus as the main piece. The other choirs include the Dubai Camerata Singers, the Kuwait Chamber Chorale and the Dubai Chamber choir. They will be accompanied by the Emirates Community Symphony Orchestra.
“It’s a great honour for us to sing at the prestigious Dubai Opera. This is a venue that regularly hosts some of the world’s most outstanding talents. Seventy seven of us have been practising for over two months to perfect our presentation and the choir is eager to perform at this great venue. Tours like these add to our experience and exposes our choir to a high level of musical standard,” says Augustine Paul, music director of the MMA.
Mary Rodrigues, president of the MMA, is quite excited about this opportunity. “It’s a tribute to our capability that we get such invitations. The discipline and rich talent of the choir is our greatest strength. It’s a proud moment for us and the choir is filled with enthusiasm at the opportunity to perform at the Dubai Opera,” she says.
Musica Gloria is an ensemble of choral performances in six languages that culminate in a spectacular finale comprising over 250 voices and musicians. Since its inception in 1893, the Madras Musical Association Choir comprising around 90 voices, several with international accreditations, have excelled in performing across a wide range of musical genres, including classical, spiritual, jazz and pop.