The first half of the concert will feature selections from Handel's sacred oratorio, Messiah. Messiah holds its ground as Handel's best-known and most widely performed major choral work, and has earned a place in the hearts of musicians and listeners alike for its careful balance between majestic and contrite movements, as well as the stirring Hallelujah Chorus, which will be heard at this concert.
In the second half, the choirs will perform Saint-Saëns's Oratorio de Noël, composed in Latin. While this work is a more contemplative style of oratorio, Saint-Saëns uses music to evoke the dramatic elements of the Christmas story, beginning with lilting, pastoral music in the opening prelude to depict the shepherds tending their flocks, moving through choruses of angels singing praises to God, and concluding with a hymn of praise of all creation.
This is an unmissable opportunity to see the choirs of the Cathedral really spread their wings outside the context of ordinary Mass. See you there!