The Christmas Season Starts with the Baltimore Symphony’s Messiah At Chesapeake College



 

     The Christmas season begins at 7:30PM, Saturday, December 8 at Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Arts Center with a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah. The concert features internationally recognized soloists and the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphony Chorale. Edward Polochick, one of the foremost Messiah conductors, leads the ensemble from the harpsichord.

  Edward Polochick has become one of the mostinternationally recognized choral conductors and interpreters of the Messiah. His performance here at Chesapeake College will present a complete performance of the work, whereas most performances of the Messiah are abridged. The Chesapeake College performance is one of the few places where listeners are able to hear a live presentation of the total work as envisioned by the composer George Frideric Handel.

    Polochick is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Conservatory and has made conducting appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and other orchestras and is the music director of the Lincoln, Nebraska Symphony Orchestra.

    The soloists for the evening are: soprano Russian born Yulia van Doren singled out by a Seattle Times critic for her “perfect baroque voice. Mezzo soprano Abigail Nims, making her Baltimore Symphony debut, has been performing with leading regional opera companies throughout the United States. American tenor of Sri Lankan heritage Sean Panikkar made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2007-08 season and his European debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with conductor Louis Langree. Canadian born bass baritone Tyler Duncan in his young career has already built an international reputation performing at many of the leading music festivals and performance venues including the American Spoleto Festival and London’s Wigmore Hall.

    Handel was German born, but became a naturalized Englishman and remained in England for the rest of his life. He is best know for his oratorios that were derived from the Bible. His greatest and most popular work is the Messiah composed in 1741.

    The most well known of all the movements in The Messiah is the Hallelujah Chorus. There is a story about King George, who attended a royal performance of the work. When it came to the Hallelujah Chorus, he stood up. Traditionally, whenever the king stands, everyone in his presence has to stand. So the whole audience stood. No one knows if King George liked the music or for some other reason, but it’s been the tradition ever since for the audience to stand when the Hallelujah Chorus is sung.

    The Chesapeake College Baltimore Symphony concerts receive support from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the Kent County Arts Council.


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