Larimer Chorale’s 40th Anniversary Season Finale -- Messiah by George Frideric Handel

Larimer Chorale Presents Handel's Messiah, Fort Collins Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                          April 10, 2017

Larimer Chorale’s 40th Anniversary Season Finale -- Messiah by George Frideric Handel

May 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm; Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

The immensely popular Messiah, by George Frideric Handel, is one of the most-performed choral works in American history.  For many, the Christmas season would not be complete without it, yet it was written as a Lenten/Easter piece.  Handel, himself, conducted or oversaw thirty-six performances of Messiah – always in March, April, or May – and it is in that tradition that the Larimer Chorale is delighted to present this most-beloved of large choral works. 

The chorale has performed the Messiah more than 20 times -- but neither singers nor concert-goers have heard the Messiah sung quite like it will be performed on May 6.  According to Michael Todd Krueger, the chorale’s conductor and artistic director, “The chorale will be using the Leonard Van Camp edition, published in 1993.  Van Camp, a noted choral scholar and conductor, dispelled many of the myths and ill-founded traditions that have become associated with performances of Messiah.  His edition provides tremendous insight into the performance practice of the piece, interpretation suggestions for each movement and a dramatic framework that gives the overall presentation a sense of structure, not unlike an opera; the division of the parts into scenes and the titles for each scene are Van Camp’s conception.”

The Larimer Chorale anticipates that veterans of multiple Messiah performances will hear newly conceived and quicker tempi and a lighter, more transparent interpretation. This allows the character and drama of this Baroque piece to come to the fore.  Is this re-discovery of the Messiah closer to what Handel intended?  Will concert-goers gain a better understanding of the era, the composer and the music?  What surprises will the Larimer Chorale present in its 40th season finale?

The Larimer Chorale will perform with a full orchestra.  Soloists are Amy Maples, soprano; Genevieve Baglio, mezzo-soprano, Matthew Plenk, tenor; and William Wilson, baritone.  Soloist biographies are available at www.larimerchorale.org.

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What: The Larimer Chorale presents Messiah by George Frideric Handel; 40th Anniversary Season Finale

When/Where:  May 6, 2017, 7:30 pm, the Lincoln Center

Tickets:  Available from the Lincoln Center Ticket Office, http://www.lctix.com/handels-messiah or 970-221-6730

To arrange interviews with Michael Krueger or the soloists, please contact Wendy White at 970-227-7665 or wwhite-larimerchorale@comcast.net.

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About The Larimer Chorale:

The Larimer Chorale is one of the largest and most accomplished avocational choral ensembles in the Rocky Mountain Region. We are an auditioned, adult choir that was created by our community, for our community. Through our concerts, events, and outreach activities, we actively demonstrate that singing is a life-long endeavor that brings fulfillment and enrichment to singers and audiences alike. We sing for the joy it brings to us and our audiences and out of a deep dedication to music and our community. To learn more about the Larimer Chorale, visit www.larimerchorale.org.