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Chandos Singers to perform in staged version of Handel's Messiah

The Chandos Singers will perform in the American Opera Theater's presentation of a new staged version of Messiah on December 22 and 23 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

At the center piece of this season is America's first staged Messiah. What is unquestionably Handel's masterpiece comes to life upon the stage in a production capturing the essence of the work. The combined forces of the American Opera Theater (AOT), Ignoti Dei Orchestra, and a vibrant and talented young cast and the Chandos Singers of the Handel Choir of Baltimore come together to explore the human side of Handel's iconic score.

The score is electrifying, the libretto a masterpiece of rhetoric construction, and together they are considered by many to be divine. The vibrancy and power of this work exist in its inherent drama. In the spirit of that drama the creative team of AOT meets Handel's Messiah on its own terms, and the staged production is the result of an organic process of allowing the work to speak for itself. Musical sensitivity, dramatic innovation, artistic precision; the cornerstones of AOT are realized in one of the great pillars of western culture.

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Handel Choir is a "highest highlight" of 2006-07 classical music season

The Handel Choir was named one of the top fifteen classical music concerts in 2006-07 in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region. In his review, Tim Smith noted that "the 2006-2007 classical music season ... contained lots of terrific performances," but that "several deserved one more nod of appreciation." Entitling his fifteen choices as his "highest-highpoints list," Smith stated, "the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Pro Musica Rara, Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and Baltimore Baroque Band collaborat[ed] on a vivid, vital performance of Handelís Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, elegantly conducted by Melinda OíNeal." Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun , June 19, 2007. Back to Top

Baltimore Office of Promotion & the ArtsBaltimore County Commission on Arts and SciencesHandel Choir of Baltimore is a GuideStar Exchange Member (click here for more info)All programs of the Handel Choir of Baltimore are made possible by support from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.