Thursday, December 11, 2014

Handel's Messiah--As You Like It

There are those who hope each year to get through December without hearing "Little Drummer Boy." By contrast, Handel's Messiah is a holiday tradition embraced by many. If you are among those for whom Christmas isn't Christmas until you've heard or sung "For unto us a Child is born," there is ample opportunity to satisfy your need to experience The Messiah this holiday season, as a listener or a chorister.

The opportunity for listeners comes tonight and tomorrow night, when the Hawthorne Valley High School Chorus, joined by Grades 4 through 8 and accompanied by harpischordist Mariken Palmboom and the Columbia Greene Community Orchestra, performs excerpts from Handel's Messiah at St. Mary's Church. The church is located at the corner of East Allen and East Court streets. The concert this evening--Thursday, December 11--begins at 6 p.m.; the concert tomorrow evening--Friday, December 12--begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and all are invited to attend.
For those who enjoy the experience of singing the great baroque oratorio, Classics on Hudson presents the traditional "Messiah Sing" at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 20.

Join the chorus, directed by Gwen Gould and supported by a string ensemble and vocal soloists, to perform the Christmas portion of Handel's 1741 choral masterpiece. The event begins at 4 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Warren and Fourth streets. Admission to the "Messiah Sing" is $15 (free for students 18 and under). Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Scores will be provided, and refreshments will be served.

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