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Styx: Pieces Of Eight Live
Sunday 4 December 7.00pm Channel 020
For the very first time in their illustrious career, STYX perform their classic, triple-platinum album back-to-back, live, in its entirety. Pieces of Eight, an iconic and ground-breaking album that helped define a musical landscape for an entire generation, is as powerful and vibrant in this live performance as it has been at any point in the band's history.
This epic performance was shot at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee features hits such as Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Fooling Yourself and Come Sail Away.
A Ballerina’s Tale
Monday 5 December 8.30pm Channel 020
Few dancers make it to the heights of classical ballet. Of that number very few of them are black. This is the story of Misty Copeland, who fought against all the odds to make it to the very summit. As an African American, Misty struggled against the prejudices of a cloistered dance world to pull herself up the ladder of the American Ballet Theatre and become a prima ballerina.
This production documents Misty’s rise and the tough reality of a ballerina’s life. Considered a prodigy at an early age, despite not starting ballet until she was 13, Misty has now become a role model and source of inspiration for thousands of young dancers and has an active career, not only as dancer but as an author and entertainer.
Wednesday 7 December 8.30pm Channel 020
The Bach Consort ensemble presents the festive Easter Concert for the third time. In 2016 the concert takes place in the Klosterneuburg Monastery. Handel’s Messiah is returning to its original premiere season: Easter time. On the 273rd anniversary of its first performance in London, Handel’s Oratorio will ring out in the Collegiate Church in Klosterneuburg. Conducted by Ruben Dubrovsky, the Bach Consort ensemble will play with the Salzburg Bach Choir and renowned international soloists such as Kammersanger (an Austrian honorific title for excellent singers) Michael Schade, Hanna Herfurtner, Gaia Petrone and Christian Immler.
Handel’s Messiah outlines the message of the Christian salvation history: the prophecy, incarnation of Jesus, suffering, death, resurrection and promise of his return. Handel, the great musical dramatist, unfolds the events with theatrical force and touching empathy. The Passion and resurrection of the second part form the centrepiece. To this end the libretto is largely limited to metaphorical texts from the Old Testament. Only for the eschatological forecast in the third part of the Oratorio does the librettist, Charles Jennens, fall back on the New Testament.
Conducted by Rubén Dubrowsky. Soloists: Michael Schade, Hanna Herfurtner, Gaia Petrone, Christian Immler. Orchestra: Vienna Bach Consort. Choir: Salzburg Bach Choir.
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