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CSO: Splendour


Sat 9 May 2015, 7:30pm

Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, 28 Bealey Ave, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $49.20 ($48.00 + $1.20 fees)
  • Concession: $44.07 ($43.00 + $1.07 fees)
  • Child: $18.45 ($18.00 + $0.45 fees)
  • $5 Donation: $5.12 ($5.00 + $0.12 fees)
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George Frideric Handel composed some of the “greatest hits” of the Baroque period including the Water Music and Fireworks Suites, Zadok the Priest and The Messiah.

The Water Music Suite was composed for a party on the river Thames being held by King George I. The jaunty and spirited music was perfect for the outdoor setting and was so popular with the monarch and his guests, the musicians were requested to perform it three times.

CSO’s Principal Harpist Helen Webby will perform Handel’s Bb major concerto for harp and orchestra. Composed and premiered in 1736 the concerto demonstrates great charm and beauty with a fine sense of delicacy and lightness.

Handel composed the opera Alcina for the final season of his opera company, The Royal Academy of Music. The opera is inspired by Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando furioso which is set in the time of Charlemagne. The overture is a brilliant display of virtuostic writing that bristles with spirit and vitality.

Benjamin Northey - Chief Conductor
Helen Webby - Harp

G F Handel - Overture to Alcina HWV 34
G F Handel - Harp Concerto op. 4 No. 6 HWV 294
G F Handel - Concerto Grosso op. 6 No. 5, HWV 323
G F Handel - Water Music Suite No. 1, HWV 348

In association with Pegasus Bay Wines the CSO is delighted to offer the opportunity to attend a pre-concert wine tasting fundraising event. Hosted by Paul Donaldson, General Manager of Pegasus Bay Wines the ticket includes tasting along with a selection of cheeses.

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