As part of its festive calendar, the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan will perform Händel's Messiah and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
As part of its festive calendar, the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra will perform Händel's ‘Messiah' and Beethoven's ‘Ninth Symphony‘
In December audiences in Milan will have a chance to enjoy two of the greatest masterpieces of all time; Händel's Messiah and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. To celebrate the Christmas holidays, the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra, a reference of the city's cultural life for the past 25 years, and known simply to the Milanese as laVerdi, will treat audiences to performances of both works. On Wednesday, 19 December at 8.30pm, the orchestra laVerdi will perform the Messiah (an English-language oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra), composed in 1741 by George Frideric Händel. This masterpiece by the German-born English composer is one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music, and will be performed at the
Auditorium di Milano in Largo Mahler by the instrumental ensemble laBarocca. The ensemble specializes in the 17-18th century repertoire using original instruments or copies from the Baroque era and will be conducted by Maestro Ruben Jais. After Christmas is over, laVerdi will join the public in toasting the New Year with the immortal notes of Ode to Joy, the famous finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. To mark the occasion, and in keeping with tradition, the orchestra will be under the baton of its renowned musical director, Maestro Claus Peter Flor (see photo on the right). The 200-member orchestra will be joined on stage by a group of distinguished international soloists, including Karina Gauvin (soprano), Sonia Prina (contralto), Moritz Kallenberg and Cameron Becker (tenors) and Jochen Kupfer (basso). >> Messiah by George Frideric Händel 19 December (8.30pm)
Ninth Symphony by Ludwig Van Beethoven 29, 30, 31 December (8pm) and 1 January 2019 (4pm) Auditorium di Milano, largo Mahler www.laverdi.org