Antwerp Symphony Orchestra Christmas Gala

Nicholas McGegan, Alain De Rudder, Nele Delafonteyne, Sunhae Im
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Wed 18.12.2024 – 20:00
Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerpen
Wed 18.12.24

Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan curates a heartwarming Christmas program, featuring excerpts from the festive Music for the Royal Fireworks. Georg Friedrich Händel composed this suite to commemorate the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, ending the War of Austrian Succession. Soprano Sunhae Im delights with her satin voice in perhaps the most famous baroque aria: the poignant and immortal Lascia ch’io pianga. Engaging in dialogue with jubilant trumpets, Im performs arias by Bach and Händel. Stepping briefly outside the Baroque, Franz Schubert allows the renowned soprano to converse with the clarinet. Michael Haydn, Joseph's younger brother, paints a charming Christmas scene with his Pastorello. Begin the festive season with baroque splendor in the comfortable ambiance and sparkling acoustics of the Queen Elisabeth Hall.

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Handel Music for the royal fireworks, Ouverture

Handel Music for the royal fireworks, Bourrée

Bach Cantata 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen', BWV 51

Handel Lascia ch'io pianga (from: Rinaldo)

Handel Let the bright Seraphim (from: Samson)

Bach Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

Haydn Pastorello (Christmas Music)

Schubert The Shepherd on the Rock

Mozart Divertimento in D major, KV 136