Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rankin File: *** Handel's Messiah

Occasionally we pack too much into our hectic schedules, but no schedule is too hectic for the 200-year tradition of celebrating the holiday season with Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus. No wee snowstorm would deter us. The Fox Cities P.A.C. filled fast with people dressed more for the weather than the occasion. Although from my seat it looked like a sell out, there were a few empty seats here and there, a result of the blizzard conditions outside. But inside there were nothing but smiles and laughter in anticipation of the performance.

Handel’s Messiah is an old friend for most of the audience. Many have attended the oratorio many times in their life and every time a joy. The libretto is based on the familiar New and Old Testaments of the Bible and describes the prophecy of, the sacrifice, and the promise of the Messiah. While the winds coursed their way down College Avenue, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center was warmed by the performances of Tenor Dan Dresden’s energy, contralto Lisa Drew’s velvetoss, baritone Aaron Larson’s clarity, and soprano Maria Jette’s sparkling delicacy. Austin Boncher’s Fox Cities Community Choir was the corner stone this night and each participant’s enthusiasm was apparent. All was accompanied by our community’s pride and joy, Brian Groner and the Fox Valley Symphony.

There was of course an encore in which the audience was given the chance to join in the celebration of music and sing the “Hallelujah” chorus along with the orchestra and community choir. Hearts were warmed and the ride home would be filled with the memory of the beauty of Handel’s Messiah as well as the community sprit that made it happen again here in Appleton.

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