It was the opportunity of a lifetime when 53 members of the Brentwood Community Chorus performed Handel’s “Messiah” at Carnegie Hall in New York on Sunday, November 25! Distinguished Concerts International New York invited Director Susan Stuart and Brentwood Community Chorus to participate in their eighth season performance.
Choral groups from around the world took part in this year’s event.
Handel composed the oratorio in 1741 and it has become a holiday classic. Carnegie Hall opened in 1891 with the mission to present extraordinary music and musicians, and to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience. The music and the location make for a magical performance.
The DCINY event, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Griffith, requires singers to learn the music on their own and then fine tune it with only two rehearsals! This is no easy task and for the participants it can be exciting and terrorizing! In the New York Times, Jeffrey Williams of New York Concert Review stated that “Their balance was exceptional, the diction was precise, and the strong direction of Maestro Griffith helped inspire them to a higher level than they probably imagined was possible.” There is a bit of a surprise at the end of Part 2 when the audience rises for the “Hallelujah” Chorus, Mr. Williams went on to say, “I knew what was coming and it blew me away.”
Brentwood Community Chorus will perform “Messiah” on Saturday, December 1, 7:30 p.m. at El Campanil Theatre in Antioch.
Tickets are available on the El Campanil website. The Brentwood Community Chorus will resume their rehearsals on Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 p.m. at Brentwood Community United Methodist Church (809 Second Street, Brentwood).
For registration information contact the Brentwood Community Chorus at www.brentwoodcommunitychorus.com.