AMPAG, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Melbourne Symphony Orchestra:Messiah

Messiah

December 2016

Sat 10 

07:00 PM

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Hamer Hall Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Rd

MelbourneVIC

 
 

The MSO’s annual performance of the great oratorio is full of life-changing moments. The 2016 performance, conducted by Paul Goodwin, is no exception!

Paul Goodwin conductor

Emma Matthews soprano
Luciana Mancini mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels tenor
Christopher Richardson bass
MSO Chorus

‘The trumpet shall sound … and we shall be changed!’ sings the bass in Handel’sMessiah. Indeed, the MSO’s annual performance of the great oratorio is full of trumpets and life-changing moments. The 2016 performance, conducted by Paul Goodwin, should be no exception. AfterMessiah’s first performance, in Dublin on April 13, 1742, Faulkner’s Journal said, ‘The best judges allowed it to be the most finished piece of Musick. Words are wanting to express the exquisite Delight it afforded to the admiring crowded Audience.’ Alas, after its first London performances the following year, audiences were not as effusive: too many choruses and not enough story, was the prevailing opinion. It caught on, though. Of course, the stand-or-not-to-stand debate still furiously rages during the Hallelujah chorus. Legend has it that George II was so moved by the chorus that he rose to his feet, followed by his courtiers. Perhaps they were just stretching their legs.

Concert details:

Saturday 10 December at 7pm
Sunday 11 December at 5pm

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

To book:

Call 03 9929 9600 or visitwww.mso.com.au/messiah/