Jan Willem de Vriend conductor
Jeanine De Bique soprano
Nicholas Tolputt countertenor
Andrew Goodwin tenor
Stephan Loges bass
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has remained Handel’s most frequently performed work.
Come celebrate with this annual tradition. This year, Handel’s epic setting of biblical texts features Dutch early music specialist Jan Willem de Vriend and a cast from Australia, Belgium and Germany. While most audiences would be familiar with the strident refrains of the Hallelujah Chorus, many may not be acquainted with the larger work from which it originated.
This popular annual concert is the perfect way to welcome in the festive season, and in 2017, Handel’s masterpiece will be conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend, who will bring his own unique take on the masterpiece of work.
Saturday, 15 December
Pre-concert talk: Join Megan Burslem for a pre-concert conversation inside Hamer Hall from 5.45pm.
Sunday, 16 December
Pre-concert talk: Join Megan Burslem for a pre-concert conversation inside Hamer Hall from 3.45pm.
Running Time: 2 hours, and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval