La Scala Presents Its Annual Christmas Concert

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 05:00

Tonight at 8 pm, Daniel Harding will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in its annual Christmas concert.

The orchestra will perform Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Elias Op. 70.

The Christmas concert will be broadcast in its entirety on Rai Radio Tre; the first part of the concert will also be broadcast on TV (Rai Uno channel) on December 24 at 11.05 am.  

Elias, or Elijah, is an oratorio (a musical composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists) written by the German composer Mendelssohn in 1846 for the Birmingham Festival. It depicts various events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, taken from the Old Testament.

British conductor Daniel Harding was born in Oxford. He currently serves as the the Music Director of the Swedish Radio Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

The Christmas concert is part of the 2013-14 season of La Scala, which opened on December 7.