Han­del’s Mes­siah to light up the Fri­ary

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

THE sub­lime Hal­lelu­jah Cho­rus will sound on high in Kil­lar­ney on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16, next as some of the county and coun­try’s fore­most clas­si­cal tal­ents per­form Han­del’s Mes­siah at the Fri­ary.

Start­ing at 8pm, the con­cert will fea­ture pro­fes­sional soloists Ais­ling O’Car­roll (so­prano, Tralee), Sarah-Ellen Mur­phy (con­tralto, Lim­er­ick), Fearghal Cur­tis (tenor, Dublin) and Cor­mac Lawlor (bass, Tralee) – all of whom will be joined by the Kerry Cham­ber Choir and Kerry Cham­ber Orches­tra un­der the di­rec­tor of Ai­dan O’Car­roll of the Kerry School of Mu­sic.

“The Mes­siah’s uni­ver­sal fame and pop­u­lar­ity arises from the dra­matic and of­ten ex­hil­a­rat­ing mu­sic of move­ments such as: For unto us a child is born, I know that my redeemer liveth, He was de­spised, The Trum­pet shall sound and, of course, the sub­lime Hal­leluja Cho­rus,” Ai­dan said this week.

It was fa­mously pre­mièred in Dublin on April 13 of 1742 at Neil’s Mu­sic Hall in Fisham­ble Lane, ad­ja­cent to Christchurch Cathe­dral – then the sec­ond city of the Bri­tish Em­pire. Han­del had been in­vited to Dublin by the Lord Lieu­tenant to give a se­ries of con­certs, with the newly-com­posed Mes­siah tak­ing the city by storm on its first per­for­mance.

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