Oriana Singers presents:
"A Musical Entertainment" based on John Milton's l'Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato. Cleverly Set to Musick by Mr. HANDEL, Performed by the Oriana Singers and Soloists, and a Period Instrument Orchestra, Decorated with Dance Interludes. Directed by Scott Metcalfe, (Leader), and William Metcalfe, (Conductor) The Whole Arranged under Mr. Metcalfe's Direction
Also on the program will be Bach's great, joyous motet, Singet dem Herrn. A perfect way to celebrate Mothers' Day afternoon, in the glorious company of Handel and Bach, the two greatest baroque composers.
Sunday May 11th, 2014 3:00 PM, St. Paul's Cathedral
Tickets $25, $10 for students, will be available from FlynnTix starting April 1st.
The "Entertainment" represents a Contest between advocates of a mirthful, cheery life and those of a thoughtful, more restrained style, argued in arias and choruses, finally coming to rest in the camp of Moderation. It seems an ideal vehicle for a Mothers' Day program!
In 1741 Handel was abandoning Italian opera in favour of English oratorio, and this Entertainment is a kind of "secular oratorio" based mostly on the inimitable poetry of Milton. Basically, it is one great Handelian "tune" after another, with the Chorus adding emphasis to the arguments made. Throughout, its turns of phrase and cadential or melodic formulas remind us that he would write Messiah in the following year--Handel stole from himself (and occasionally from others) all the time, with excellent results. As always, the piece is beautifully orchestrated for strings, oboes and bassoon, with colourful touches for brass (horn and trumpets).
At their summer concert Oriana Singers will perform Gilbert and Sullivan's Pinafore and works by Haydn and Vaughan Williams. (More info)
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