April 9, 2017, 2:00 pmBlue Mountains Theatre
Phoenix Choir and Guest Singers present
Messiah in the Mountains
Phoenix Choir is joining with a chorus of guest singers to perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday 9 April (Palm Sunday). In the tradition of Messiah we are assembling a large choir and will perform professional soloists and chamber orchestra with both harpsichord and organ continuo.
Messiah developed after Handel’s original presentation to encompass many different and much-loved performance traditions. Our Musical Director, Rowen Fox, has researched the modern understanding of the original work. His presentation features a countertenor from Sydney Conservatorium and some original solo and duet arias, while maintaining all the choruses and arias we know and love.
Whilst it may be less usual today to perform the work in the lead-up to Easter, Handel originally composed Messiah for Passiontide. The core of the work in Part 2 deals with the events of Lent, Easter and Pentecost, and some of the most poignant moments surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection contrast exquisitely with the joyful Christmas music and triumphant Hallelujah chorus. A Palm Sunday performance restores the work to its original place in the calendar echoing its first performance at the Great Music Hall in Dublin in April 1742.
Tickets can be purchased through the Box Office on 4723 5050 or online here.