Thirteen musicians present a unique take on George Fredrick Handel’s masterpiece as the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) presents “An Intimate Messiah” on Saturday, December 5th at 8 PM at St. Michael’s Parish in Litchfield, and on Sunday, December 6th at 3PM at the First Congregational church in Washington, CT.
States WSO Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland; “For the last 274 years George Fredrick Handel’s Messiah has been performed in churches and concert halls all over the world. It has been adapted for school bands, re-orchestrated by Mozart, Sir Hamilton Harty and a host of others, performed by huge choral societies and ‘sing it yourself’ audiences and even been danced to by ballet companies. There is always something new to discover in this music.”
This season, the WSO will present another new variation on Messiah; four outstanding solo singers and a quintet of strings along with trumpet, timpani and harpsichord will perform the Christmas portion of Handel’s masterpiece, capped off by the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Solo singers are soprano Evelyn Gard, mezzo-soprano Karolina Wojteczko , tenor David-Marc Finley, and bass, Chris Drago Fistonić. “Often Messiah performances are like a monumental edifice,” says Bjaland. “In these performances, it will crackle with the precision and brilliance of a fine Swiss watch. I’m excited at the prospect of experiencing Handel’s brilliant counterpoint with wonderful clarity and detail.”
Tickets are $50 & $35. Tickets may be ordered online at www.waterburysymphony.org or by calling the WSO office at (203) 574-4283.