BACH IN BALTIMORE ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY-THEMED CONCERTS:
Handel’s Messiah on December 3
New Year’s Day Baroque Celebration on January 1
October 4, 2017
(Baltimore)—Bach in Baltimore announced today two holiday concerts to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Day. On Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m., Bach in Baltimore performs Handel’s glorious Messiah at the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 811 Cathedral Street in Baltimore. On Monday, January 1 at 4 p.m., Bach in Baltimore welcomes the New Year with a concert of selected Baroque works at Zion Lutheran Church, 148 N. Gay Street, in Baltimore.
Though initially composed for Easter celebrations, today Handel’s Messiah is an awe-inspiring tradition of the Christmas season. The circumstances under which Messiah was composed are legendary. The entire score was completed in 24 days in 1741. While he was composing Messiah, Handel (1685-1759) was so consumed with his work that he reportedly refused both food and drink. The end product has become the greatest choral work of all time—and one of the crowning achievements of Western Civilization.
Conductor and Bach in Baltimore Music Director T. Herbert Dimmock has performed Messiah approximately 100 times. At a radio interview several years ago, he was asked if, after so many performances, the work grew stale. He responded, “Then as now, I was surprised by the question. Messiah is such a magnificent, multi-dimensional, uplifting, humanizing, and inspiring work that it constantly gives back to me as a performer and listener. New delights are revealed at each and every performance. It resides at the pinnacle of achievements of Western Civilization. All of us do well to immerse ourselves in it often.”
This Bach in Baltimore performance of Handel’s Messiah features a sublime quartet—soprano Jessica Beebe, alto Jessica Renfro, tenor Min Jim, and bass Andrew Thomas Pardini. Admission for the event is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
On January 1, Bach in Baltimore rings in the new year with its annual New Year’s Day Baroque Celebration featuring the beloved first-chair instrumentalists of the Bach in Baltimore Orchestra playing their favorite Baroque works by Bach, Telemann, Handel, and Vivaldi. Featured musicians for the concert include Ronald Mutchnik, violin; Gretchen Gettes, cello; Sandra Lisicky, oboe; Bozena Jedrzejczak Brown, harpsichord; and T. Herbert Dimmock, organ. Admission: $20 in advance, $22 at the door
Tickets for this and all Bach in Baltimore events are available for purchase at BachinBaltimore.org or by calling 410-941-9262. Individual tickets are also available at the door 30 minutes prior to a performance. Please note that Bach in Baltimore’s performance venues vary—we perform all across the greater Baltimore metropolitan area.
BACH IN BALTIMORE’S HOLIDAY 2017-2018 EVENTS
Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Jessica Beebe, soprano
Jessica Renfro, alto
Min Jim, tenor
Andrew Thomas Pardini, bass
Celebrate Christmas with Bach in Baltimore’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. Though initially composed for Easter celebrations, today Handel’s glorious Messiah is an we-inspiring tradition of the Christmas season. This performance features a sublime quartet—soprano Jessica Beebe; alto Jessica Renfro; tenor Min Jim, and bass Andrew Thomas Pardini.
Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
A New Year’s Day Baroque Celebration!
Monday, January 1 at 4 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church, 148 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Ronald Mutchnik, violin
Sandra Lisicky, oboe
Gretchen Gettes, cello
Bozena Brown, harpsichord
Herbert Dimmock, organ
Ring in the New Year with our annual New Year’s Day Baroque Celebration featuring the beloved first-chair instrumentalists of the Bach in Baltimore Orchestra playing their favorite Baroque works by Bach, Telemann, Handel, and Vivaldi.
Admission: $20 in advance, $22 at the door
ABOUT BACH IN BALTIMORE
Bach in Baltimore’s mission is to perform the choral and instrumental works of Johann Sebastian Bach (and his contemporaries) and to educate the concert-going public about the musical language of Bach and the texts he chose to set to music.
We strive each month to present these works in a historically informed way that will enrich the lives of our audience members and inspire creativity. We wish to foster an appreciation for the arts, particularly for Baroque music, within the entire community. We are committed to providing educational experiences for people of all ages in order to instill a lifelong connection Bach’s music.
For more information, please visit Bach in Baltimore.
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Kristen LePine, Marketing Manager