Göteborgs Symfoniker

Göteborgs Konserthus Handel’s Messiah

Celebrate Christmas with Handel’s magnificent Messiah! A magnificent Christmas atmosphere is guaranteed with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Choir, vocal soloists and conductor Graham Ross.

Concert length: 2 h 45 min incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
370-530 SEK Student 185-265 SEK

The Gothenburg Symphony bids welcome to Christmas with a large choir, vocal soloists and Handel’s magnificent Messiah! Favourites such as Ev’ry Valley, For Unto Us A Child Is Born and, of course, the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus guarantee plenty of goosebumps as well as Christmas cheer.

Handel was the musical king of London, but his Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742. He led the premiere performance himself from his organ, which he had shipped over from London for the concerts.Since then, Messiah has held a place of honour in the classic Christmas repertoire and continues to spread joy every year, with favourites such as Ev’ry Valley, For Unto Us A Child Is Born and, of course, the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus. The Gothenburg Concert Hall now hosts a performance of this magnificent work by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Choir, together with vocal soloists and the baroque and choral expert Graham Ross.

Programme

Händel Messiah 2 h 20 min

Participants

The Gothenburg Symphony, called "one of the world's most formidable orchestras" by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Chief conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali who started his tenure in 2017. Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach are principal guest conductors since 2019. Already at the orchestra's very first years, the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed principal conductor, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. In 1997 it was appointed the National Orchestra of Sweden. During his celebrated tenure as music director (2007-2012), Gustavo Dudamel took the Orchestra to major music centres and festivals in Europe, making acclaimed appearances at BBC Proms and Vienna Musikverein. The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt and Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and regularly releases digital live concerts free on gsoplay.se. The orchestra has been involved in many prestigious recording projects, the latest one the complete Sibelius Symphonies with Santtu-Matias Rouvali for Alpha Classics. Earlier, the orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.

Graham Ross conductor

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