Handel’s Messiah is one of the most well-known and best-loved works in the choral repertoire. The power of Handel’s musical imagination, the wealth of ideas, the depth of inspiration and the sheer variety of invention continue to make this work almost unique. And choirs all around the world love singing it!
The choir will be joined by acclaimed soloists Elizabeth Mandeno, Maaike Christie-Beekman, Lachlan Craig and Wade Kernot. David Burchell will conduct, with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra providing the accompaniment.
Handel could never have imagined that this oratorio, which he began composing on 22 August 1741, finishing it in 24 days, would live on through generations. This work became popular throughout the world, especially on the Christian calendar, where it is customary to perform it before Christmas. It comprises a mammoth meditation on the Christian message, with dramatic interludes. It has been described as a mixture of narrative and commentary, which freed Handel from some of the more restrictive opera conventions and permitted greater use of the chorus than is generally the case in his other oratorios.
Be sure to join us to hear a live performance of this delightful and uplifting music!
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