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Sat 22 Nov 2008, 7:30pm

Where: Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin, Otago

Ticket Information:

  • Golden Circle: $40.00
  • Gallery Adult: $35.00
  • Gallery Conc/Stalls Adult: $30.00
  • Stalls Conc.: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Leta Labuschagne

The City of Dunedin Choir, supported by the Southern Sinfonia, presents Bach's Christmas Oratorio.
Conductor: David Burchell
Soloists: Nicola Edgecombe (soprano), Kate Spence (mezzo soprano), John Murray (tenor), Chris Bruerton (bass)

Unlike his Passion settings and the oratorios of his contemporary Handel, Bach conceived the Christmas Oratorio as a set of six cantatas to be performed on separate days over the Twelve Days of Christmas, beginning on Christmas Day and ending on Epiphany (January 6).

As with his Passion settings, the Evangelist (tenor soloist) carries the narrative, using familiar Gospel texts. The other soloists perform dramatic roles, such as the Angel and Herod, and also sing arias which reflect on the significance of the story.

The chorus contributes the parts of 'the heavenly host', the shepherds and the Wise Men, as well as chorales and extended choruses which are the corner stones of the cantatas.

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