Hal­lelu­jah! It’s Mes­siah

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A Christ­mas tra­di­tion in Auck­land for 157 years is about to be re­peated on De­cem­ber 17 and 18.

Auck­land Choral’s per­for­mances of Han­del’s Mes­siah are a high­light of the fes­tive sea­son.

And the Cen­tral Leader is giv­ing read­ers the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the event – we have dou­ble passes to give away.

This year marks the 270th year since the de­but per­for­mance in 1742 of Han­del’s most­loved work.

Auck­land Choral mu­sic di­rec­tor Uwe Grodd will lead the choir, baroque spe­cial­ists Piper’s Sin­fo­nia and four soloists.

Tenor Dana Wil­son, a na­tive of New Or­leans, makes his New Zealand de­but at the per­for­mance.

His reper­toire ex­tends from early Re­nais­sance mu­sic to con­tem­po­rary jazz. He is noted for his com­mu­nica­tive ex­pres­sion and mu­si­cal sen­si­tiv­ity.

So­prano Lau­ren Ar­mishaw, a Europe-based New Zealan­der, is a spe­cial­ist in early opera. Her voice is de­scribed as strong, clear and full of ex­pres­sion.

Alto Kate Spence is a grad­u­ate from Auck­land Univer­sity and the Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium. Her re­cent per­for­mance of Bach’s Mass in B Mi­nor re­ceived rave re­views.

Bass David Grif­fiths is well known in New Zealand as a com­poser, singer and teacher.

Mes­siah has be­come one of the best-known and most fre­quently per­formed choral works in West­ern mu­sic.

It features drama and sus­pense, del­i­cate recita­tive and soar­ing cho­ruses to tell of the life and death of Christ.

So mag­nif­i­cent was the Hal­lelu­jah Cho­rus at the Lon­don de­but of Mes­siah in 1742 that King Ge­orge II is re­puted to have risen to his feet.

Both con­certs are on at 7.30pm at the Auck­land Town Hall. Tick­ets from $59, con­ces­sions avail­able. Book at the-edge.co.nz or call 0800 BUY TICK­ETS.

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