Handel's Joshua--Victoria Choral Society

Handel's Joshua--Victoria Choral Society

Handel’s Joshua

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – 7:30PM


Soloists
Nancy Argenta, Soprano
Zachary Windus, Countertenor
Isaiah Bell, Tenor
Andrew Erasmus, Bass

Tickets
$30 adults, $10 students and unwaged.

Available at Christ Church Cathedral Office (930 Burdett St.), by phone, 250-383-2714 or through members of the Victoria Choral Society.

Description
This performance marks the Victoria premiere of Handel’s epic oratorio, Joshua. The work will be sung in English, accompanied by orchestra with members of the Victoria Symphony and Victoria-based soloists.

While many of Handel’s oratorios are well-known to today’s audiences, Joshua is an exception. It was composed five years after Messiah (1742), during the height of Handel’s creative period. By this time he was a landed immigrant in England, and was closely tied with other German-speakers there, including the entire royal family.

Joshua is one of Handel’s shortest oratorios and, as was common during the era, Handel borrowed music from his other compositions. The well-known chorus “See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes,” originally composed for Joshua, was so popular that Handel added it to Judas Maccabaeus, which had premiered the year before.

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