The performance is conducted by Nicholas Fairbank, with soloists Carson Moore, countertenor, Michael Kelley, tenor, and Nathan McDonald, bass.
The program begins with anthems for Advent and Christmas by English Baroque composers Purcell and Gibbons. This is followed by the motet Hodie Christus natus estby Dutch composer Jan Sweelinck.
Orchestra, chorus and soloists then join forces in two oratorios by Handel, written in thanks for peace treaties that ended the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713, and the War of the Austrian Succession in 1743. Both works provide opportunities for lively and joyful music, including trumpets and timpani, with variety provided by the solos and small ensemble movements sung by Moore, Kelley and McDonald.
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