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The Danbury Music Centre presents its annual performance of Messiah, an oratorio by Georg Frederick Handel. The performance will take place on Friday, December 16, 2011, at 7:30 pm, at The First Congregational Church on the corner of West Street and Deer Hill Avenue in Danbury.Written in 1741, Messiah has won a place in history as the most performed and most well-loved of all oratorios. It is most often performed during the Christmas and Easter holidays. Well-known choruses include, the Hallelujah Chorus, For unto us a Child is Born, And the Glory of the Lord, and the famous closing chorus, Worthy is the Lamb
ending with the great Amen. The Danbury Concert Chorus, with a baroque chamber orchestra comprised of members from the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, has presented this masterwork since 1958. The 130 performers of the chorus and orchestra will be under the direction of Christine R. Howlett, Music Director and Conductor of the Danbury Concert Chorus. Joining the ensemble will be Fiona Smith Sutherland, organist, and Maxim Vladimiroff, playing the Bettina BaruchMemorial Harpsichord. The soloists are Courtney Budd, soprano; Jacquelyn Matava, mezzo-soprano; James Ruff, tenor; and Curtis Streetman, bass. All soloists have distinguished professional singing careers in major performing venues throughout the United States. Suggested donations at the door are $10 per person and $15 per family.