As part of its fes­tive cal­en­dar, the Giuseppe Verdi Sym­phony Or­ches­tra of Mi­lan will per­form Hän­del's Mes­siah and Beethoven's Ninth Sym­phony.

Where Milan - - CONTENTS - By Elena Binda

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

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