KZNPO 'Messiah'

2009-03-26 00:00

HANDEL’S Messiah, the world’s most popular choral masterpiece, will be staged at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on March 29 at 3 pm.

Featuring the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Naum Rousine, the concert — which is sponsored by The Witness — features the talents of Bronwen Forbay, Elizabeth Frandsen, Musa Ngqungwana, Sunnyboy Dladla, as well as Mayibuye Africa, the Eyesizwe Adult Choir, the PMB Amateur Music Society and the Durban Symphonic Choir.

A spokesman for the orchestra said: “The KZNPO has successfully presented Handel’s Messiah on numerous occasions over the years and it is particularly satisfying to have the opportunity to bring it to the communities of Pietermaritzburg and surrounds.”

The return of this great work to the stage — both here in Pietermaritzburg and at the Playhouse in Durban next month — forms part of the global celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death in 1759.

Highlights of this much-loved work include the magnificent

Hallelujah Chorus, For Unto Us A Child Is Born, And The Glory of the Lord, and solos such as Every Valley, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, and O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion.

Performed in countries across the globe since 1742, Messiah is Handel’s most famous creation. Over the past six decades or more, some 200 recordings of the work have been available to enthusiasts.

Patrons can book tickets, priced from R80 to R140, through Computicket at 083 915 8000, by visiting or at the counter in Shoprite, Checkers and MTN outlets, including those at the Cascades Checkers, Hayfields MTN, Scottsville Checkers, Scottsville MTN and Symonds Centre Shoprite.

Discounted tickets for pensioners and students, at R60 per person, will also be sold on the day of the concert at the door. Doors open at 2 pm.

The Durban production of Handel’s Messiah — which takes place in The Playhouse Company’s Opera Theatre at 7.30 pm on April 9 and on Easter Sunday, April 12 at 3 pm — will feature the cream of Ethekwini’s choral singers.

The Durban Symphonic Choir will join forces with The Playhouse Company Chorale, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and a quartet of soloists for the oratorio, which will again be conducted by maestro Rousine.

Tickets for the Durban show cost R65, R85 and R105 and early booking is advised at Computicket at 083 915 8000 or at the Playhouse box office at 031 369 9540 or 031 699 596.

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