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Bach Cantata 140 & Messiah Highlights - Handel Quire


Sun 9 Dec 2018, 5:00pm–6:30pm

Where: St Andrew's Anglican Church, Cnr Queen and Wesley Streets, Pukekohe, Pukekohe, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Seniors: $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees)
  • Adults: $38.88 ($35.00 + $3.88 fees)
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Listed by: Robert Howell

The Handel Quire is joined for the first time in our Christmas concerts by the Consort (orchestra) to present Bach's exquisite cantata 140 "Wachet Auf" otherwise known as "Sleepers Wake" which is regarded as one of his most mature and popular sacred cantatas. Opening with a difficult but lovely chorus which ends with a florid and exhilarating amen, the cantata features two technically challenging duets for the rather unusual combination of soprano and bass and in typical Bach style, concludes with a chorale. The consort will also play with the choir a selection of choruses and other highlights from Handel's "Messiah" including such hits as "For unto us", "Glory to God", "Hallelujah", and "Worthy is the lamb. Amen". Additional to these orchestrated works, the choir will perform some a cappella Christmas music such as Palestrina's sumptuous and intricate 8-part "Magnificat" for double choir and Eric Whitacre's ethereal "Lux Aurumque".

Celia Aspey-Gordon - Soprano
Brendon Shanks - Tenor
Jono Dunlop - Bass

Director - Robert Howell

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