Irish Baraque Orchestra and Chamber Choir present Handel’s Messiah in all it’s magnificence at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

by Alex Greaney
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Irish Baroque Orchestra’s annual production of Handel’s Messiah with Chamber Choir Ireland has become a highlight of the December calendar.

It is performed on period instruments and in full chorus so audiences can experience Handel’s much-loved work in all its original colour and splendour.

The concert takes place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin 8 on 15 December at 7.45pm.

Hailed as a master of sacred and secular music, Handel’s talent of composing for voice and instrument shines through in Messiah. This production is led by Peter Whelan, Artistic Director of IBO, with step-out solos from the singers of Chamber Choir Ireland.

Through a dramatic series of arias, recitatives, and choruses, Messiah tells the universal story of triumph over trial, where life’s sorrows and despairs are met with overriding hope and unbridled joy. It is Handel at his most brilliant, in a well-paced blend of aria and chorus to perfectly match the arc of the Christian story.

As one of the greatest oratorios ever written, Handel’s Messiah has never waned in popular and critical appeal, and is as timeless today as it was when it premiered in Dublin in 1742.

Featured Image: Marja Gaynor, violinist, Irish Baroque Orchestra  Photo:  Sarah Doyle

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