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Handel’s ‘Messiah’: 2 performances in Litchfield, Waterbury

November 20, 2018

With vocal soloists from the esteemed Yale Opera Program and choir members from Hartford, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra gets the season of Handel’s “Messiah” rolling with two weekend performances to start December in Litchfield and Waterbury.

Maestro Leif Bjaland conducts the WSO, in collaboration the Yale soloists and the Hartford Chorale under the direction of Richard Coffey, on Saturday, Dec. 1, in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Litchfield, and Sunday, Dec. 2, at Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center in Waterbury.

The sacred oratorio Handel’s “Messiah” has been hailed for centuries due to Handel’s splendid and soaring music and words culled from the Bible by Charles Jennens. It is best known, of course, for its “Hallelujah Chorus,” for which the audience stands, traditionally.

Yale soloists are Laura Nielsen, soprano; Rachel Weishoff, mezzo-soprano; Luis Aguilar, tenor; and Brady Muth, bass-baritone.

St. Anthony of Padua Church, 49 South St., Litchfield. Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; NVCC Fine Arts Center, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. Sunday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Single tickets start at $20, with special discounts for children and college students. 203-574-4283. waterburysymphony.org

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