Imagine a concert with a 22-piece baroque orchestra, four outstanding Queensland soloists and 84 singers, anyone of whom could be your next door neighbour. Well, that’s what to expect when Noosa Chorale presents its biggest and most ambitious concert yet at The J in Noosa Junction on Sunday, June 8.
The occasion? To celebrate its founding 20 years ago by local solicitor Joseph McMahon who believed Noosa needed a choir which could perform the works of the great classical western composers.
Since then this popular choral group has presented more than 40 major choral pieces and its Christmas Wassail concerts are always a sell-out.
“Messiah” by George Friderick Handel has been described as the most famous sacred oratorio ever written. It was the Chorale’s first major performance in 1994 and, appropriately, it has been chosen again to acknowledge its twentieth anniversary.
Handel was German-born and wrote operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos in the Baroque style. Typical of a genius, he did not live an ordinary life and settled in London under the patronage of Queen Anne, enjoying ongoing support from the Royal Court.
His musical achievements were almost unmatched and for this he was held in the highest regard. Beethoven is said to have exclaimed, "Handel is the greatest composer that ever lived”, and Haydn is believed to have wept like a child when he heard the famed Messiah “Hallelujah” chorus declaring, “He is master of us all”.
Handel died aged 74 in 1759 and is interred in Westminster Abbey. More than 3000 mourners attended his funeral.
Choir music director Adrian King will conduct the Chorale, the Noosa Sinfonia and soloists are Gaynor Morgan, Nick Kirkuk, Samuel Piper and Sarah Court.
Chorale Celebrates 20th Birthday with Handel's "Messiah"
The J, Noosa Junction
Sunday June 8th
Tickets $35 (concessions $32)
Bookings www.thej.com.au. For further information please contact 07 5329 6560
The J, Noosa Junction
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