Oratorio still holds its grip on musicians, audiences

ONE of Georg Friderich Händel's oldest and most famous works, TheMessiah, will be performed by the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and soloists on Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, next Monday.

ONE of Georg Friderich Händel's oldest and most famous works, TheMessiah, will be performed by the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and soloists on Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, next Monday.

The 26th annual performance of this triumphant oratorio will once again take place under the baton of South Africa's favourite conductor, Richard Cock. Soloists will be Magdalene Minnaar, Neville Smith, Nic Nicolaidis and Veramarie Meyer.

Created in 1741 in London, the oratorio still holds its extraordinary grip on musicians and audiences who realy enjoy it.

It premiered in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13 1742. It was repeatedly revised by Händel, reaching its most familiar version in the performance to benefit the Foundling Hospital in 1754.

In 1789 Amadeus Mozart orchestrated a German version of the work and added woodwind parts.

Divided into three parts, the libretto covers the prophecies about Jesus Christ.

This annual event is also a fundraiser for Women for Peace. Proceeds from programme sales that has all Händel's songs will go to the charity.

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