Recently we participated in the Messiah Sing-Along at the Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. This holiday tradition is a wonderful way Read More
Recently we participated in the Messiah Sing-Along at the Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. This holiday tradition is a wonderful way to enjoy the season and share in the beauty and majesty of Handel’s Messiah, and sing along with a huge audience if you wish. Although there were those who just listened, most did sing, and it sounded very nice indeed. The Messiah is not an easy piece of music to sing, and if you want to improve, go every year to the sing-along, in a few years you’ll be a pro!
The concert was put on by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with Grant Gershon as conductor. The soloists were outstanding, including Zanaida Robles, the Soprano pictured above.
It was held in the spectacular and unique Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center. The design and elegance of the building is breathtaking, and a perfect setting for such a wonderful tradition. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and I will look forward to participating for many more years to come. For more information on this and other concerts and events of the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Disney Hall, visit LAMC.org. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Get a Handel on this: The Blogger Kid and I visited the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night to check out a holiday tradition I've long been in Read More
Get a Handel on this: The Blogger Kid and I visited the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night to check out a holiday tradition I've long been intrigued by: The Handel's Messiah Sing-Along. And indeed, it was a fascinating experience to be standing in Disney Hall as hundreds of people around you sang "For unto us a child is born" and of course, the famous "Hallelujah" chorus.
Conducted by music director Grant Gershon, the Los Angeles Master Chorale impressed with tenor Arnold Livingston Geis, bass Chung Uk Lee, mezzo soprano Nike St. Clair and soprano Zanaida Robles. But the star of the show was the audience, of course, and this crowd came to sing -- many of them clutching their own ear-torn copies of "Messiah."
Copies of the music to sing along were $10, but the Blogger Kid and I decided to forgo singing the songs and just soak it in. We couldn't stay too long -- it was a school night, after all -- but I'm glad to have experienced it and share it with the kid.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale's Christmas celebration continues this Saturday, Dec. 14, with a "Festival of Carols." (That also is a bit of a sing-along, and boasts well-known, famous holiday tunes.) And on Sunday, Dec. 15, it's the non-sing-along version of "Handel: Messiah."