It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Which is to say that the Symphony has begun rehearsals in earnest on Handel’s Messiah. I went in to rehearsal last Wednesday bemoaning the warm November weather, and I came out full of holiday cheer. Hearing this extraordinary piece of music is truly a hallmark of the holiday season for me. I hope to write one more post between now and the performance (December 2) to give a bit more insight into Handel’s life and the period when he wrote this masterpiece.
In the meantime, I’ve dedicated one paragraph to give interested parties a peek into what else we are excited about: besides rehearsing the Messiah to get it ready to perform, we have been working for several weeks on what we are expecting to be the highlights of the season in the spring. I have briefly mentioned before the Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony – this intensely difficult piece is considered by many to be Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious and emotional work. We have also already started to tackle on the other most challenging orchestral work, this one to be performed at the end of April: Beethoven’s famous “Eroica” symphony #3. We hope you are gearing up for these concerts alongside us and getting excited to enjoy some beautiful music!