17-18 December 2005 - Port Macquarie Baptist Church
Cantorus performed Handel's 'Messiah' in Port Macquarie on the weekend of 17-18 December.
This weekend music lovers experienced a spectacular production of Handel’s Messiah with a massed choir, Chamber Orchestra and professional soloists. The performances were held on Saturday 17 December at 7pm and Sunday 18 December at 1pm at the Port Macquarie Baptist Church.
This year the massed choir Cantorus was accompanied by a Sydney/Newcastle based Chamber Orchestra and four superb soloists from Sydney and Newcastle.
What is it about Messiah that brings people back year after year? The Oratorio was written over 300 years ago in just 24 days, yet it remains one of the most performed and loved pieces of classical music ever.
It may be that the Oratorio form is full of variety. There is a massed choir that performs spectacular choruses such as the unforgettable “Hallelujah!” This contrasts well with the solo parts that are either sung or performed in recitative, which is almost like a story-telling style. The whole thing is held together with a Baroque orchestra complete with Harpsichord. It is a journey into the past but also living proof that great music lasts forever.
On these occasions the massed choir, Cantorus, under the direction of Robyn Ryan OAM, sounded spectacular, and the performances unforgettable - especially for those who felt inspired to make comments such as those we received after the performances: