A BAROQUE HOLIDAY - HANDEL’S MESSIAH
Las Vegas Philharmonic

Sat, Dec 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM

TICKET PRICES: $30 - $109
VENUE: Reynolds Hall

Pre-concert conversation at 6:30pm in Reynolds Hall

Donato Cabrera, conductor
Las Vegas Master Singers, David Weiller, director

MANFREDINI - Concerto Grosso Opus 3, No. 12 “Christmas”
BUXTEHUDE - Das neugeborne Kindelein
CORELLI - Concerto Grosso, Opus 6, No. 8 “Christmas”
HANDEL - Messiah, Part I

USHER IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH VOICES RAISED in harmonious celebration.  The orchestra’s grace will be on full display as they perform music from the Baroque era.  This style of music uses motion and clear detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur simultaneously.  Francesco Manfredini’s Christmas Concerto opens the program, setting the seasonal mood.  An Italian composer, violinist and church musician, he demonstrated a gift for easy melodic invention.  Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish-German organist. His organ works are frequently performed at recitals and in church services.  Das neugeborne Kindelein (newborn infant child), taken from a collection of sacred poetry circa 1558, celebrates the newborn Jesus and the coming of a new church.  Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto was commissioned by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and published posthumously in 1714. The concerto bears the inscription Fatto per la notte di Natale (made for the night of Christmas) and is one of the most often performed pieces of classical music ever composed for the holiday season. We conclude the musical feast with our Chorus-In-Residence, the Las Vegas Master Singers, joining the orchestra for Part One of George Frideric Handel’s uplifting and transcendent Messiah, a hallmark of holiday choral works in Western music.

Listen to Donato’s Spotify Playlist:  http://tinyurl.com/lvphildec2eve

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