Bach’s Christmas Oratorio to light up Perth Concert Hall

Photo: Rebecca Mansell, courtesy of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Photo: Rebecca Mansell, courtesy of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra

THE most magnificent, unmissable event this Christmas season is Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, coming to Perth Concert Hall on Friday, December 13.

St George’s Concert Series (SGCS) is presenting Bach’s Christmas classic as an alternative to Handel’s ever-popular Messiah.

“Albeit another extraordinary oratorio, Messiah was originally written to be performed in the lead-up to Easter in Dublin in 1742,” artistic director Dr Joseph Nolan said.

“Messiah became a Christmas tradition much later, whereas JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was created to celebrate the Nativity, from the birth of Jesus to the journey of the Magi.

“Bach’s oratorio is a wonderful, jubilant work utilising bright major keys and terrific storytelling through the colour of the music and instruments.

“Bach is unbeatable and audiences can’t fail to be affected by his passion for the music.”

The Christmas Oratorio is one of three massive concerts celebrating Bach during 2019 and 2020.

St Matthew Passion earlier this year and Bach’s Easter Oratorio, a highlight planned for 2020, are both the result of a collaboration between St George’s Concert Series and the WA Symphony Orchestra.

Dr Joseph Nolan. 

With St Matthew Passion a resounding success, the Christmas Oratorio is another wonderful chance to experience the transcendent sounds of Bach in a timely context.

Dr Nolan said he wanted to include one of Bach’s most uplifting works for WA to enjoy this Christmas season.

He will prepare and conduct the performance with his trademark passion and precision.

The Christmas story will be told by top soloists soprano Sara Macliver, mezzo Fiona Campbell, tenor Paul McMahon and baritone Andrew Foote, all equally dedicated to an exquisite, heartfelt performance.

They will be joined by the extraordinary singers of the St George’s Cathedral Consort and a carefully selected orchestra led by Paul Wright.

Perth Concert Hall is an ideal venue for the performance, providing excellent acoustics, airconditioning, easy visibility and comfortable seating.

This will be a Christmas event to relish and remember.

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is at 7.30pm, with tickets starting at $55 concession, $68 standard and a special price of only $30 for under 30s. Book through Perth Concert Hall, either online at perthconcerthall.com.au or on 9231 9999.