Göteborgs Konserthus Christmas Concert: 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, the vocal soloists Camilla Tilling, Ann Hallenberg, Erik Grötvedt and Fredrik Zetterström, and conductor Graham Ross.

Concert length: 3 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
370-530 SEK Student 185-265 SEK

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra bids welcome to Christmas with a large christmas concert with 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 joy.

The Gothenburg Concert Hall now hosts a performance of this magnificent work by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Choir and the baroque and choral expert Graham Ross. Soloists for the evening are world soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo-soprano and baroque star Ann Hallenberg, Swedish baritone Fredrik Zetterström and the distinguished Norwegian tenor Eirik Grøtvedt.

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.

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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, born 1985, is co-founder and Principal Conductor of The Dmitri Ensemble and Director of Music and Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge. He is in demand as a guest conductor for several ensembles in the UK and abroad and has recently collaborated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra. At the age of 25 he made his BBC Proms and Glyndebourne debuts. He has conducted and recorded world premieres by a wide range of composers. His latest album Ice Land: The Eternal Music was released in 2022. As a composer he has been commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, O Duo, Park Lane Group, Wigmore Hall and The Solstice Quartet. Ross is the founder and artistic director of Singers Abroad and patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. On BBC Radio, he is, among other things, a guest presenter for Inside Music.

Eirik Grötvedt tenor

Ann Hallenberg mezzosopran

Camilla Tilling soprano

Fredrik Zetterström baryton

The choir was founded in 1917 by cousins Elsa and Wilhelm Stenhammar. Elsa Stenhammar was one of the driving forces in turn-of-the-century choir life in Gothenburg and became the choir's first rehearser. On December 8, 1917, the choir debuted in Beethoven's Choir Fantasy with Wilhelm Stenhammar as soloist at the grand piano. As the country's oldest symphonic choir, they were able to celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2017 with a big celebratory concert where Mozart and Brahms as well as Stenhammar, Elfrida Andrée and Björn & Benny were on the program. The Gothenburg Symphony Choir is a non-profit association that is linked to the Gothenburg Symphony. The choir participates in concerts and performances under both the orchestra's and its own auspices. The music is mixed and the repertoire extensive. The Gothenburg Symphony Choir has participated in concerts in, among other places, the Royal Albert Hall and Canterbury Cathedral in England, as well as participated with the Gothenburg Symphony in the annual music festival in the Canary Islands and on a tour to China.

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Nr 2 2017-2018 Tonsättarporträtt: Georg Friedrich Händel

För många skulle en jul utan Händels Messias nog vara musikaliskt fattigare. Men hade Händel själv fått välja hade vi fått vänta på Hallelujakören till påsk!

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