December 13th at 3:00 pm,
the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra presents for the 27th consecutive season
Handel's Messiah, the
complete oratorio, at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. ICO music director Matthew Kraemer
will conduct the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, four vocal soloists and choirs
from the Christian Theological Seminary, the Encore Vocal Arts and Tabernacle Church.The soloists are Sari Gruber, soprano;
Angela Young Smucker, mezzo-soprano, tenor Derek Chester and bass Michael Dean.
is at the heart of the chamber orchestra repertoire being originally scored for
about 23 instruments," said ICO executive director Elaine Eckhart. "The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra is proud to
present this time-honored masterwork as its holiday offering."
December 14th at 7:30 pm,
join the ICO for the Messiah Sing-Along for an opportunity to sing favored
selections from Handel's Messiah at the Indiana Landmarks Center. The Sing-Along concert will consist of
selected movements, airs, and choruses from the first
section, and the ever popular Hallelujah Chorus which concludes the second
section. The Sing-Along will give local singers the opportunity to participate
in a performance with professional soloists and a professional orchestra.
Audience members can bring their own music, download a score from icomusic.org,
or borrow or purchase a score at the performance.
Eckhart said, "Maestro Kraemer, a violinist himself,
encouraged the chorus to sing like violins and the violins to
play like a choir; there is wonderful interplay between chorus and
orchestra in this intricate work."
If you are
interested in learning more, join the ICO and Christian Theological Seminary
for a pre-concert lecture by Hebrew bible scholar Dr. Richard H. Lowery, affiliate
professor at CTS and Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton, CTS president and professor of
theology. The pre-concert lecture begins at 2:15 in the church parlor at Tabernacle
Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon, and at 6:45 pm in the Cook Theater at the IndianaLandmarksCenter on Monday evening. At both performances,
there will be a collection of non-perishable food items to benefit the
Mid-North Food Pantry.