Messiah Sing – Twenty Years and A First At Hudson Hall, Sunday, December 17, 4 PM
Gwen Gould has led her annual Messiah Sing around the Christmas Holidays for over twenty years. However, firsts are the order of the day at Hudson Hall. Classics on Hudson, in collaboration with Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, presents the first, annual Messiah Sing conducted by Gwen Gould. The sing provides the audience with an opportunity to enjoy Handel’s marvelous Messiah and to sing one of four parts, accompanied by four professional vocal soloists and a five-instrument ensemble.
Composed in just three weeks during the summer of 1741, Messiah became a Christmas tradition while the composer was still alive, and received annual benefit performances in London from 1750 until Handel’s death. From its soaring solos to the famous “Hallelujah” chorus, Messiah has earned a place among the favorite works in the classical canon.
“We are delighted to present this thoroughly enjoyable event for Messiah lovers. Gwen weaves a magical spell with her conducting and I look forward to a marvelous, full house chorus,” said Eugenia Zukerman, artistic director of Classics on Hudson.
The audience is invited to seat themselves in the Soprano, Alto, Tenor, or Bass sections to sing the Christmas portion (plus the Hallelujah Chorus) of Handel’s masterpiece.