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The Oktave Choir and Friends to perform Parts 2 and 3 of Handel’s Messiah

George Frideric Handel was a German composer born in 1685. Handel’s Messiah is a monumental work telling the story of Christ, from the Old Testament to his death and resurrection. Scored for Choirs, Soloists and Orchestra, the work takes about 2 ½ hours to perform and is in three parts.

The Oktave Choir and Friends, together with a chamber orchestra, will perform Parts 2 and 3 on the 10th of May at 6.30pm at St. Mary’s Church, Bambalapitiya.
Supported by the Devar Surya Sena Trust, the performance will be conducted by Dr. Lalanath de Silva.
The 10th of May this year is “Ascension Day” in the Christian Liturgical Calendar – the day the Church celebrates the ascension of Christ to Heaven.

Part 2 of the Messiah is centered around the arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ. It ends with the famous Hallelujah Chorus. Part 3 is devoted to his message, the early apostles who carried his message, the Church, and the Sacrifice made by Christ. The final chorus – Worthy is the Lamb and the Great Amen – stands out as a glorious ending to Handel’s magnum opus. The words are from the Bible but combined with the music, it transcends its religious message to become a message of Peace, Love and Goodwill to all people. The Oktave Choir and a chamber orchestra performed Part 1 (the nativity part) last December at Yuletide. As at that performance, the Hallelujah Chorus will be repeated for those in the audience who know the music to join and sing along with the choir and orchestra.

The soloists are Anagi Perera (soprano), Peshali Yapa (contralto), Trevis de Silva (Tenor) and Laknath Seneviratne (Baritone). The organist will be Neranjan de Silva and the continuo will be played by Shanthi Dias.

Entrance is free. All are welcome.

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