‘Astonishingly beautiful music’
Alexander’s Feast or the Power of Music was first performed in 1736 in London. It is a choral work that resembles an opera or oratorio, without a stage setting but with an exciting story that is based on a poem by John Dryden. Alexander the Great has defeated Darius, king of Persia, and conquered the city of Persepolis. To celebrate this victory Alexander and his lover Thaïs give a lavish feast. Timotheus, the court minstrel, provides the music and the choir and soloists describe Alexander’s reactions in triumphant airs and choruses, accompanied by an orchestra that includes violins and trumpets. Handel has pulled out all the stops to add lustre to this glorious occasion!
Guest conductor Peter Dijkstra, artistic director of the Netherlands Chamber Choir: “Alexander’s Feast is a relatively unknown oratorio by Handel that deserves to be performed more frequently. The music is astonishingly beautiful and powerful! I am looking forward to the rehearsals and performances and am very pleased that we were able to engage excellent soloists.”
Luthers Bach Ensemble (choir, soloists and baroque orchestra) guest conductor Peter Dijkstra
Lucie Chartin (soprano) | Robert Kuizenga (counter-tenor) | Jan-Willem Schaafsma (tenor) | David Greco (bass)
Aa-kerk Groningen €25 | €20 Friends LBE | €15 student | €35 front rows
Boekhandel Godert Walter Groningen, Oude Ebbingestraat 53 | Boekhandel Daan Nijman Roden, Heerestraat 87 en winkelstraat UMCG | www.harmonie.nl