Handel on life
Legendary baroque composer Handel’s works to anchor two local classical productions.
BAROQUE composer George Frideric Handel is a popular concert choice in these parts.
Ensemble Virama’s Traversing The Baroque, which takes place at Deciso, Bandar Sri Damansara in Kuala Lumpur on March 12, will be celebrating the music of the 17th and 18th centuries.
The first half of the programme explores the music of Handel and Henry Purcell, two eclectic composers.
Handel’s Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba Sinfonia From Solomon HWV67 sits proud on the concert list.
Soprano Ang Mei Foong will perform a selection of Arias from this Handel piece, while oboist Howard Ng will perform Handel’s Oboe Concerto In G Minor.
The second part of the programme will feature pianist Loo Bang Hean, who will perform Joseph Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto. The concert will be lead by Dr Andrew Filmer.
Traversing The Baroque takes place on March 12. Two shows at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets: RM50. Venue address is Deciso, 3- G Jalan Margosa SD10/ 4A, Bandar Sri Damansara in Kuala Lumpur. Call: 012- 241 2532/ 017- 382 8637. Facebook: Virama - Malaysia.
Elsewhere, the world’s most popular choral work, Handel’s Messiah, returns to the Klang Valley stage.
This production, presented by Grace Convention Centre looks set to be possibly the most professional staging of Messiah ever performed in Malaysia.
Four soloists ( Ang Mei Foong, Jin Hin Yap, Mak Chi Hoe and Gabrielle Maes), the 38- piece Orchestra 1685 and the 40- strong Handel Festival Singers are coming together under the baton of award- winning British composer and conductor Paul M Baker for two performances on March 18- 19 ( 8pm shows).
The shows will take place at Grace Convention Centre, Auditorium Level 3, Plaza Mayang in Petaling Jaya.
Dr Andrew Filmer, the renowned baroque string specialist has been retained as baroque string consultant. Mak Chi Hoe, in addition to singing the role of bass soloist is also the chorus master of the Handel Festival Singers.
Tickets for Handel’s Messiah performances are priced at RM48 and are available from: www. ticketpro. com. my. Call 03- 7804 1994.
Mak chi hoe, in addition to singing the role of bass soloist, is also the chorus master of the handel Festival singers for handel’s Messiah shows on March 18- 19 at Grace convention centre. — Filepic
ensemble Virama will be presenting Traversing The Baroque, a production celebrating the music of handel, Purcell and haydn at deciso in Kuala Lumpur on March 12. — ensemble Virama