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Carleton College Choir to Perform Highlights from Handel’s “Messiah”

February 21, 2013
By Ethan Sagin '13

The Carleton College Choir, under the direction of Lawrence Burnett, will present selections from George Frederick Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, March 2. The program begins at 7 p.m. with “Messiah Insights,” a pre-performance introduction on the libretto, Handel’s score, and Baroque instruments, followed by “Messiah Highlights” at 8 p.m., performed by the Choir and accompanied by a professional orchestra comprised of period Baroque instruments. This event will be held in the Carleton College Concert Hall and is free and open to the public.

“Messiah Insights” will feature Richard Crouter, the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, who will provide a brief presentation on Charles Jennings’ libretto; followed by Stephen Kelly, the Dye Family Professor of Music, Emeritus, who will speak about Handel’s score and Baroque performance practices, with demonstrations by members of the orchestra.

As conducted by Lawrence Burnett, professor of music and choral director, the musical portion of the evening, “Messiah Highlights,” will consist of choruses, solos, and instrumental movements selected from Handel’s earliest version of the work, first written in 1741.

The Carleton College Choir is a chorus that performs concerts of short and extended works from the large bodies of classical, ethnic and cultural repertories, including works for mixed, women's voices (Bella Cantemus), and men’s voices (Men’s Chorus). The choristers are all students of Carleton College and span a wide range of academic interests.

Featured student soloists include: sopranos Caroline Bolster ’15 (Atlanta) and Lily Ferris ’13 (Dillon, Mont.), tenor Anthony Harb ’15 (Chicago), baritones Julian Pozniak ’14 (Waunakee, Wis.) and Ethan Sagin ’13 (Cumberland, Md.), bass-baritone Patrick Stephen ’15 (Duluth, Minn.), and mezzo-soprano Hannah Telegen ’14 (Newton, Mass.).

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Office of the Chaplain, the Office of the Directors of the Arts, and the Department of Music. The Carleton College Concert Hall is located on First and Winona Streets in Northfield. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4350.

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