WHERE: the University of Pennsylvania's stunning Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA.
WHAT: Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare and Choral Arts Philadelphia joined forces to perform Handel’s beloved oratorio MESSIAH, with soloists Ah Young Hong, soprano, Jennifer Lane, alto, Aaron Sheehan, tenor, and William Sharp, bass. The sound and style of this first-time collaboration by two of Philadelphia’s finest ensembles—a chamber-sized chorus and an orchestra of valveless trumpets, timpani, baroque strings, harpsichord, organ and theorbo—came pretty close to what the composer led at its premiere in Dublin on April 13, 1742.
While the choir was prepared by its artistic director Matthew Glandorf, there was NO conductor on the podium during the performance as Maestro Glandorf was busy playing a portable organ in concert. And yet the choir and the orchestra sounded so together, moving like one, as if they have been doing this conductor-less thing for years!
- "Messiah experiment on St. Patrick's Day promising" - by David Patrick Stearns published in the Philadelphia Inquirer
PHOTOS: PRE-CONCERT RUN THROUGH - Facebook photo album by Inna Heasley
SOUND SAMPLE: live recording of "Since By Man Came Death"
LIVE VIDEO: excerpt from the concert, "And He Shall Purify" (video by Milton Brugada)