Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas in New York, December 2

If you aren't familiar with the entirety of Handel's Messiah, it is done in three parts and is about (as you might imagine) Jesus Christ as Messiah. It's often performed at Christmas, but sometimes at Easter as well.  Seeing it at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, was a real treat.  Part 1 is about the prophecies before Christ's birth and ends with the Annunciation; Part 2 is about the Passion of Christ and ends with the much-beloved Hallelujah chorus. Part 3 is about the resurrection and rebirth of Christ.

In the picture below, the entire chorus is standing for the Hallelujah chorus, including additional choir members who are present only for that one part, seen in the second picture in two levels of the balconies.  It truly sounds like the heavens have opened up and a choir of angels is singing when you hear this performed live at Lincoln Center.


Janet Ghio said...

It must be fabulous with the additional singers in the upper level!!

Eileen Bellomo said...

It was truly a magical experience. Long as it was, I loved every minute of it.

Patzee said...

The additional choruses elevated this performance to sublime. What a magical way to start this sparkling season.

Aimeslee said...

Wow, must have been a wonderful sound to have the chorus so close to the audience like that. But, please entertain a question from someone who has never been there: what are those tympani-looking clam-shell thingies on the upper side walls of the stage (2 rows of them)? Are those sound deflectors, or is/was that where performers sit? xoxo

suziqu's thread works said...

What an amazing experience that would have been - lucky you! Loved seeing all of your Christmas decos!
Have a wonderful Christmas with your lovely family Teri!
xox Suzy