On Sunday the 25th of March at 15:00 at the Deutsche Internationale Schule, 11 Sans Souci Road, Parktown, Handel’s Messiah will be presented by the Chanticleer Singers in association with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Nicolaides.
Tickets can be purchased online at Computicket or by phone.
Messiah (HWV 56) is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.
A great line-up of South African soloists will feature in this oratorio.
Frances du Plessis (soprano), Violina Anguelov (contralto), Siyabonga Maqungu (tenor) and Aubrey Lodewyk (baritone).
And in Pretoria the Pretoria Bach Choir, established in 1962, returns to the Z K Mathews Hall with their rendering of the sacred oratorio. The choir comprises of 60 choristers and is brought together by the much lauded conductor Gerben Grooten.
The performance will take place on Sunday, 15th of April at 15:00, in the Z K Mathews Great Hall, UNISA Muckleneuk Campus, 1 Preller Street, Pretoria
In this version the soloists are Marina Botha-Spies (soprano), Nicholas Nicolaides (tenor), Jonathan Watkins (countertenor) and Aubrey Lodewyk (bass).
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.pretoriabachchoir.org.za or at the door via cash or snapscan. Refreshments will be available for purchase.