The Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir.
The Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir. CONTRIBUTED

Handel's Messiah to be performed for festive season

A HEAVENLY treat for music lovers is in store when Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir joins the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and The Australian Voices (pictured below) to perform Handel's Messiah.

The show is at The Events Centre, Caloundra, on Friday, December 16, at 7.30pm.

The Australian Voices.
The Australian Voices. CONTRIBUTED

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composed Messiah in just over three weeks during the summer of 1741.

A reflection on the significance of Christ's life and death to the Christian believer, Messiah is an oratorio which includes words selected from the Holy Bible.

It premiered in Dublin in 1742 to an overwhelmingly positive reception.

Centuries on, it is no wonder that the power of this work still draws audiences.

Sparkling arias, magnificent choruses and the heavenly Hallelujah! are not to be missed.

Based in Buderim, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir is an auditioned SATB Community Choir founded in 2005.

The choir enjoys performing a variety of repertoire from classical to contemporary and world music.

The acclaimed choir has won the Grand Champion Choir title at the Queensland Eisteddfod five times.

Its previous presentations of Handel's Messiah on the Sunshine Coast have met with great acclaim.

In 2012, the choir toured Western Europe, performing at St Paul's Cathedral and St Martin in the Fields in London as well as prestigious venues in France and Belgium.

The members travelled to Llangollen, Wales, for the 2012 International Eisteddfod where they were awarded second place in their section.

Led by music director Sandra Milliken, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir has recently returned from its second international tour - this time to Central Europe, performing to appreciative audiences in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.



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