Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Shepard’


Majestic ‘Messiah’ Inspirational

December 8, 2011

George Frederick Handel’s masterwork, The Messiah, has been a part of the  holiday season for as long as any of us can remember.  I had the honor of performing this great work, under the direction of Christopher Shepard, at the gorgeous Worcester’s Mechanics Hall.  As an added bonus we were joined by 100+ voices of The Worcester Chorus, accompanied by a full orchestra.  What an amazing opportunity.  Here is what the Worchester Telegram and Gazette had to say about the concert.

In another turn to original intention, Shepard decided to use (as was the custom in Handel’s time) a male counter-tenor for some of the “high parts” usually assigned in later performances to a lower-range female. Soloist Ryland Angel brought a bit more than the purity of tone associated with counter-tenors; he embraced a certain operatic flare to his excellent delivery.” 

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