Messiah on Easter Sunday in aid of medical research
George Frideric Handel’s most loved and joyous oratorio, The Messiah, will be performed by the Goldberg Ensemble under the direction of Michael Laus on April 16 at 7pm at St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Valletta.
The Messiah will be executed as Handel originally intended it – for single strings and a small group of singers. Leading Maltese vocalists – soprano Gillian Zammit, mezzo soprano Clare Massa, tenor Edward Camilleri and bass Albert Buttigieg – will be singing the solo arias. The instrumental ensemble will be led by violinist Nadia Debono.
Handel’s Messiah has been described as one of man’s grandest musical achievements. It is traditionally performed worldwide either during the Christmas or Easter period, with its Hallelujah Chorus being one of the more recognisable passages.
Over the 273 years from its composition, performances of The Messiah progressively strayed further from Handel’s original composition, attempting to make choirs and orchestras uncharacteristically large, often with new parts created for extra instruments.
The Easter 2017 version in Malta, 258 years and two days after his death, will be seeking to adhere to the original as intended by the German, later naturalised British, baroque composer.
This special fundraising concert is being held in aid of medical research and is organised by the University of Malta’s Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) with the support of APS Bank and the Manoel Theatre.
The research trust (www.ridt.eu) was established in 2011 as a joint initiative between the University of Malta and the government. The trust raises funds to sustain and reinforce research activity within the various departments of the university.
Tickets are available from the Manoel Theatre’s booking office, by sending an e-mail to [email protected], calling 2124 6389 or 7941 2139, or online.