For Immediate Release
November 25, 2013
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Brockport, NY – Get into the holiday mood by singing along with one of the season’s most iconic pieces of music, Handel’s Messiah. The Brockport College-Community Chorus will be performing Part I of this masterwork, along with the renowned “Hallelujah” Chorus, and invites attendees to bring along their music scores to join in the singing. The concert will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 7:30 pm, in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 152 Main Street, Brockport. Tickets are $5 and will be available only at the door.
Handel’s oratorio has been a favorite with the public from its premiere in 1742. In that era, before the various electronics and social media conveniences we have today, Handel was a master of marketing, scheduling a free final rehearsal prior to the official first performance. The crowds that swarmed to that rehearsal spread the word about the work’s magnificence and majesty, and spawned what was, in essence, a viral hit. The tradition of “Sing-in” Messiahs dates back almost as far as that debut, or certainly to the early 19th century. With home entertainment options more limited than they are now, printed sheet music was one of the most economical ways for a family to spend time together. Secular and religious choirs became popular for both socializing and raising voices in song. The tradition of rising to one’s feet during the “Hallelujah” Chorus was begun by no less an august personage as King George II, who spontaneously rose to his feet in a spirit of exaltation. Audiences have traditionally repeated this practice ever since.
The Brockport Gospel Choir will offer a prelude of various holiday selections. Bookending the Messiah itself, the Chorus will perform the perennial favorite “Silent Night,” as well as the world premiere of Jonathan Allentoff’s choral arrangement of “It Comes Around the Same Time Each Year.” His solo arrangement of this song has been recorded by Michael Feinstein, and is available as an MP3. Allentoff, a junior majoring in Arts for Children, is the music director of the Brockport Symphony Orchestra, members of which will be accompanying the concert.
For additional information, please call (585) 395-2787. -end-
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