Friday, November 12, 2021

Handel's Messiah - the greatest story ever sung

Handel's Messiah - the greatest story ever sung
Tuesday 7 December 2021, 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall

Handel’s Messiah is heard around the world during the Christmas season, being greatly appreciated, admired and enjoyed. City Choir Dunedin, accompanied by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and conducted by David Burchell, is pleased to perform this oratorio. The acclaimed soloists are: Rebecca Ryan (soprano), Claire Barton (alto), Oliver Sewell (tenor), and Paul Whelan (bass).
Many concerts and other events had to be cancelled since COVID-19 restrictions came into force, leaving music-lovers yearning for live performances. But, Hallelujah!, the Dunedin public can embrace this opportunity to experience a world-class delivery of the dramatic and passionate Messiah.

We fully expect that this performance of Messiah on Tuesday 7 December in the Town Hall will be able to proceed, albeit with greatly reduced seating capacity as required for social distancing. 

General admission tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster online and at the Regent box office. To avoid disappointment we urge the public to buy their tickets in advance. We hope to see you there!

Handel began composing Messiah on August 22, 1741, and completed it twenty-four days later. The scholar Clifford Bartlett writes, “But, however hasty the composition, the power of the musical imagination, the wealth of ideas, the depth of inspiration, and the sheer variety of invention continue to astonish.”

Messiah is unique among Handel's oratorios in its New Testament subject and reflective treatment. It has been described as a 'collection' taken from the Bible and the Prayer Book Psalter, and is a mixture of narrative and commentary. This freed Handel from some of the more restrictive opera conventions and permitted greater use of the chorus than is generally the case in his other oratorios. Messiah is Handel's most famous work and its ubiquity has outreached anything Handel could ever have envisaged.

COVID-19: Keeping you safe at the Town Hall concert

City Choir Dunedin and Dunedin Venues Management follow the government regulations regarding COVID-19 restrictions. The COVID-19 Protection Framework and Vaccine Passes will be in force by 7 December and vaccination passes will be required for entry at the town hall. Please be prepared by registering and obtaining your Vaccine Pass.

Policy statement from Dunedin Venues Management:
"To ensure the safety of our people and our community, DVML are moving towards mandatory vaccinations for all persons entering Forsyth Barr Stadium or the Dunedin Centre, this includes performers, artists, contractors, public, guests, hirers etc. This will come into effect on Friday, 3rd December 2021 when the Government moves NZ into the Traffic Light Framework."

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