The Western Bay Museum is very pleased to announce a concert of Handel's Messiah, performed by the University of Waikato.
1784 was the 25th anniversary of the death of the celebrated opera oratorio composer, George Frederick Handel. London had embraced the German-born composer as it's own some 70 years earlier, and took the opportunity offered by this anniversary to stage a series of Handel concerts, and to re-publish some of his best-loved works in new editions. Messiah, composed in 1742 was one such work, even though it has been continuously performed since its composition.
With the rapid rise in popularity of amateur music-making in the home, an arrangement for 'parlour performance' of this much loved work was made and published in 1784, and an original copy of that edition lives right here in the Bay of Plenty.
The University of Waikato's Rachael Griffiths-Hughes will present a short lecture on the history of the work, and will then be joined by Lara Hall, violin and Martin Griffiths, cello and 4 young soloists from the University for a performance of excerpts from that manuscript, which will be on display.
ONE DAY ONLY! Don't miss out! Numbers are limited! Buy your tickets in the Western Bay Museum or log on to our webpage www.westernbaymuseum.nz/tickets to buy via Paypal. For further information please call on 07 549 0651 to speak to Paula or Lu.