Dartmouth Hopkins Center: Handel Society, 3 Choruses, 2 Orchestra, 6 Soloists, Once In ’30 Years’ Gala Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”, May 18 – 19, 2013.
..by Anura Guruge
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Two-and-a-half-hours, 150 choralists (100 from the famed Handel Society, divided into two choruses so that they can sing ‘antiphonally‘ [i.e., call-and-response as ] plus 50 kids, 8 to 14 years), two orchestras and soloists: Derek Chester (singing the Evangelist), Brenna Wells, Reginald Mobley, Dann Coakwell & Douglas Williams.
There will be two performances at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH: Saturday, May 18, at 7 pm & Sunday, May 19, at 2 pm. Tickets are available, ranging from $20 to $29 for adults (with student and other discounts), either online or by calling 603-646-2422.
Per the Handel Society of Dartmouth College this is a ‘once about every 30 years’ — opportunity, which in the context of classical music must equate to ‘once in a lifetime‘ for most – unless of course you were hooked on classics since you were a teen.
According to Kristen Colwell, a Dartmouth music major who sings with the Handel Society: “Some people consider it the greatest piece in Western classical music”. Well that is indeed quite a claim. The piece was composed in 1720s, and given that it describes Jesus’ last three days as described in the Gospel of Matthew, it is typically performed during Holy Week.
Yes, we are going. I got tickets today, as soon as I heard about it.
Founded in 1807, the Handel Society of Dartmouth College is proud to be America’s oldest town-gown choral society.