Mes­siah to be per­formed soon

Central Leader - - HEALTH& WELL-BEING -

A per­for­mance of Ge­orge Fred­er­ick Han­del’s Mes­siah will be given later this month at the Auck­land Town Hall.

On De­cem­ber 16 and 17 at 7.30pm, Auck­land Choral will per­form the work un­der the musical di­rec­tion of Pro­fes­sor Uwe Grodd.

Soloists in­clude Ital­ian so­prano Francesca Lom­bardi Maz­zulli, who won the fi­nal prize at the Lon­don Han­del Singing com­pe­ti­tion. New Zea­land mezzo-so­prano Anna Pier­ard re­cently re­turned from Europe, while New Zea­land-born tenor Christo­pher Bowen is a mem­ber of the BBC Singers. Bass Shane Lowrencev is a full­time prin­ci­pal artist with Opera Aus­tralia.

Mes­siah is com­posed in three parts which is then sub­di­vided into scenes from the life of Christ. In the sec­ond part, Han­del fo­cuses on Christ’s pas­sion end­ing with the Hal­lelu­jah cho­rus.

When Mes­siah was pre­miered in Lon­don King Ge­orge II is re­puted to have risen to his feet dur­ing the cho­rus, be­gin­ning a tra­di­tion that con­tin­ues to this day.

On song: Auck­land Choral So­ci­ety at the Auck­land Town Hall.

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