Handel's Dublin Messiah
Saturday, 21 December 2013 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EST)
Aradia continues its Dublin Messiah tradition! Aradia's take on Handel's Messiah—a reproduction of the first performance in Dublin, is a contender in the many Messiahs produced in Toronto at Christmas. Significantly, the Toronto star, National Post, Toronto Life and Wholenote magazine have listed Aradia along with the “Titans” TSO and Tafelmusik as the main choices. The Dublin Messiah is Aradia's ‘flagship’ performance of the year.
Aradia’s is a real chamber version. We can’t be sure how big the stage was in the Music Hall Fishamble street, where the première took place, but we know it wasn’t large—perhaps the size of Glenn Gould studio. Indeed because of the limited space, the audience was asked to leave their swords and hooped skirts at home - a request we ask also! To see and hear a choir of 14 tackle the choruses is indeed impressive. Such is Aradia’s reputation, that last year the choir and orchestra were asked to perform their version of the Hallelujah Chorus for a documentary on Vision TV. The following video resulted from project:
Leslie Fagan - Soprano
Marion Newman - Mezzo Soprano
Nils Brown - Tenor
David Pike - Bass
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The Aradia Ensemble has a unique sound and an individual take on baroque and classical music. Aradia is a vocal and instrumental ensemble that performs in Toronto and internationally under the leadership of the energetic Irish Music Director, Kevin Mallon. Both the intimate nature of Aradia’s baroque music performances and the conductor’s accessible approach to engaging audiences lend themselves to exploring new concert venues.
Aradia plays on period instruments, and varies the concert format to fit the occasion and music. The range of projects is diverse - from a single string group and harpsichord, with Kevin leading from the violin, to larger projects with full orchestra and choir. Aradia has performed many opera projects and has made some 50 CDs for Naxos Records.