Prairie Performances

Messiah and Mozart

Portrait of a Mozart

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The campus, community, and region are treated to Mozart’s arrangement of Handel’s Messiah again this year! And on this week's Prairie Performances, Friday night at 7 pm on WILL-FM 90.9, the “Christmas Portion” (Part One and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Part Two) of Handel’s most famous oratorio is presented in Mozart’s rich, expanded orchestration in what promises to be a holiday tradition. Ian Hobson serves double duty as pianist and conductor in Mozart’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 23, and the orchestra opens with Mozart’s seldom-performed gem, his Overture to La Clemenza di Tito.

Messiah and Mozart  (12/5/15)

Sinfonia da Camera
UI Oratorio Society
Ian Hobson, Piano, Music Director, and Conductor

Ollie Watts Davis, soprano
Yichen Li, alto
Scott Williamsin, tenor
Ricardo Herrera, bass-baritone

Mozart | Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Mozart | Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Handel | The Messiah (Mozart orchestration; Christmas portion with “Hallelujah Chorus”)