Syracuse Chorale Presents Handel’s Messiah
The Syracuse Chorale will present Georg Frideric Handel’s Messiah Part II and Part III Sunday, April 13 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 310 Montgomery St., Syracuse. General admission for the 4 p.m. concert is $15. Admission for seniors and students, or for tickets purchased in advance, is $12. Children’s tickets are $8.
Although many people associate Handel’s iconic sacred masterpiece with Christmas, the composer intended it as a thought-provoking work to mark the Christian seasons of Lent and Easter. It was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742. Only the first part of the libretto – which most people are more familiar with – refers to the birth of Jesus Christ. The second and third parts focus on Jesus’ death, resurrection, the sending of the Spirit at Pentecost, and the final resurrection of believers.
Four soloists will accompany the choir. They are: Soloists: Nora Fleming (soprano); Carolyn Weber (alto); Jonathan Howell (tenor); and Jimi James (bass). Warren Ottey, of Oran conducts the choir. He is also music director and organist a t Syracuse’s St. Mark the Evangelist Church and directs Master’s Touch Chorale, a Syracuse-area interdenominational Christian Choir. Syracuse Chorale is accompanied by Steven Uhl, who directs the Durgee Junior High School chorus in Baldwinsville.
Handel (1685-1759) composed Messiah during a three-week period in the summer of 1741. His music was set to the text comprised of Scripture verses compiled by Charles Jennens from the 1611 Authorized Version of the English Bible, the Great Bible of 1539, and the Book of Common Prayer.
Syracuse Chorale was formed in 1953, and the choir rehearses Tuesday nights at First United Church of East Syracuse.
This concert is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by CNY Arts.