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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.
Iva Bittova – The Harmony Project Hudson – Hudson Hall
Classics on Hudson and the Hudson Opera House have collaborated for four years in presenting young people’s concerts that constitute an afternoon of programming developed to acquaint these youth with the breadth of classical and contemporary music composition and performance.
Iva Bittova’s artistry is uniquely aligned with this mission. Her combination of original compositions in song with classic violin and her deep association with Czech folk music exemplify the best wellsprings of inspiration that are the ongoing tradition of classical music. Ms. Bittova is also well known for her emotive, exciting performance and for inclusion of young people in her work.
The Harmony Project Hudson works with elementary school youngsters in the Hudson City School System to learn to play musical instruments. This audience for Ms. Bittova’s performance will be augmented by the middle-school students with whom Classics has developed a relationship through its now annual, in-school lecture/demonstration Music Mentors Program. Music Mentors is funded again for 2018. Iva Bittova will conduct two workshops for Harmony Project students at the Hudson Opera House followed by a fully produced, main stage performance. The audience of students in both school-based programs reflect the full diversity of Hudson young people.
Harmony Project Hudson
Classics on Hudson / Music Mentors Program.