IT will take 70 people to perform Handel’s epic Messiah this weekend at the Orange Regional Conservatorium (ORC).
A choir of 40 people and an orchestra of 30 musicians will piece together the musical masterpiece.
The work is divided into three parts that address specific events in the life of Christ, and can take up to three hours to perform.
The work is definitely not one for the faint-hearted performer.
“It goes for two and a half hours, it’s a monster,” ORC director Graham Sattler said.
“It’s difficult because of the size of the piece and, for instance, there are 20 big major choruses.”
The ORC presents Handel’s Messiah every three years.
This year the majority of the performers are locals.
“It’s a great thing,” Mr Sattler said.
“The choir represents the community.”
There will be a small section for soloists during the performance, including soprano Samantha Bartholomeusz, alto Timothy Chung, tenor James Bonnefin and Mr Sattler as baritone.
Messiah will be conducted by Ben Macpherson.
Handel’s Messiah will be performed at 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday, December 3 and 4, at the Orange Regional Conservatorium auditorium, 73a Hill Street.
Tickets are available from Collins Booksellers or at the door.
They cost $25 for an adult, $20 for concession or $70 for a family of four.