December 5, 2008

Masterpiece Messiah: Music and Art Come Together for an Experience Like No Other

The San Diego Chamber Orchestra’s famous annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah gets a whole new look this season with the addition of video of great works of art accompanying this most beloved masterpiece of music. The Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak, will be joined by the Bach Collegium San Diego chorus (Ruben Valenzuela, Music Director) and four extraordinarily talented guest soloists to perform Handel’s Messiah in this new dramatic presentation.

This authentic 18th century re-creation of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah has become a tradition for the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. The Orchestra has created a sensation for the past two years, resulting in two sold-out performances last year, with forces that are lighter and more transparent than traditional approaches, much like it would have been performed in 1742. New this year is a dramatic video presentation of great masterpieces of art during the concert performance.

Bach Collegium San Diego was founded in 2003 by Ruben Valenzuela with the purpose of presenting historically informed performances of music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods of history. The chorus consists of the finest singers in San Diego. Ruben Valenzuela, music director, holds an M.A. in musicology from San Diego State University and is currently a Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University.

The Masterpiece Messiah concert series will be performed at three venues:

Friday, December 12, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, Solana Beach, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 13, St. James By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, La Jolla, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: 858-350-0290 or www.sdco.org.

Sunday, December 14, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: 800-988-4253 or www.artcenter.org

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