Monday, 21 April 2014

Messiah provides a musical feast for members and friends


On Easter Saturday, 19 April, LDS meetinghouses across the stake hosted a unique musical event. Just hours earlier in Salt Lake City, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concluded their Easter Concert which featured the 360-voice choir’s first ever full performance of Handel’s Messiah to a live audience of 6,000.

Through the wonder of modern technology, audiences in Burnie, Devonport, Deloraine and Launceston were treated to a high definition video and immersive audio screening of this majestic performance.

Some musical adaptations were made to enable the formidable ensemble to achieve the delicacy of a chamber performance and the end result was polished and beautiful. The quartet of soloists delivered moving renditions of the arias and the choir performed the beloved “Hallelujah” chorus with unique power and gusto.

Despite being a screening, all who attended agreed that the quality of the performance, the intimacy of the chamber-like gatherings and the warm, comfortable venues made the experience as good as being there.

The Church will host other concert screenings throughout the year, including a mid-winter “Pioneer Day” concert on Friday 4 July at 7.30pm which will feature beloved Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins. The choir's Music and the Spoken Word programme can also be heard every Sunday at 8am and 6pm on Meander Valley Community Radio, 96.9FM (www.mvfm.com.au).