It’s the sound of Christmas – not Ho Ho Ho or Deck the Halls, it’s the real sound of Christmas… the Queensland Symphony Orchestra playing Handel’s Messiah; music that is as remarkable and timeless now as it was when it premiered in Dublin, 1742 – more than two and half centuries ago.
A perennial favourite and marking the traditional start to Christmas, QSO’s stirring rendition of Handel’s Messiah will be performed on the evening of Saturday 3 December at QPAC Concert Hall.
Inspiring our imaginations to glimpse the vivid imagery of Biblical storytelling, Messiah recounts the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection through music, magnificent choruses and sparkling arias. Interspersed with compelling chorus, it includes one of the most famous pieces of Baroque choral music ever created – the rousing Hallelujah chorus.
It is no secret that Handel captured the mystery of God and the majesty of life in a way that continues to resonate with audiences of our time, today. In the England of Handel’s age, when opera performances were not permitted during Lent and Italian opera was waning in popularity, Handel decided to begin composing unstaged sacred operas on Old Testament subjects. The result, now known as Handelian Oratorio, became a resounding success. Centuries on, it is no wonder that the power of this work still draws audiences.
QSO’s evening of Handel’s Messiah features heavenly symphonies, studded with ornamental soprano and mezzo, tenor and baritone. Buttressed with divine singing from QSO Ensemble-in-Residence, The Australian Voices and led by conductor Gordon Hamilton, one glorious night will put pause to that end-of-year rush in favour of one of the greatest, moving musical masterpieces of all time.
Saturday 3 December at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO Choral)
Conductor Gordon Hamilton Soprano Natalie Christie Peluso Mezzo Soprano Luciana Mancini Tenor Charles Daniels Baritone David Wakeham Ensemble-in-Residence The Australian Voices