INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Toccata begins its seventh season with its sixth annual production of Handel’s Messiah, with performances in five locations from Dec. 14-20.
Messiah was first performed in Dublin, Ireland, on March 23, 1742, and was conducted by its composer. It continues to be a masterpiece that has left audiences in awe for 269 years.
The Toccata production is a celebration of the holidays and includes not only favorite selections from Messiah parts one and three, but also seasonal carols that the audience will be most welcome to join in singing.
All performances will be directed by Maestro James Rawie. Joining the orchestra and chorus for this production are soloists Tammy Brock, Katharine DeBoer, Joy Strotz and Anna Helwing, sopranos; and Stuart Duke, baritone.
Members from the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, directed by Susan Horst, will join Toccata for the Dec. 14th, 16th, and 20th performances.
The Toccata orchestra features Virginia Bowman as concertmaster; David Brock, Ben Benson, and Nick Haines as continuo; and Mark Lord and William Van Meter on Baroque trumpets.
The performances are Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church in Reno; Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley; Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. in the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach; Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. in St. Theresa Church in South Lake Tahoe; and Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. in the new Assumption Catholic Church in Truckee.
This is the fourth year Toccata performs Messiah at the Resort at Squaw Creek, and there is special pricing for room and dinner/concert combinations (530-581-6615).
Tickets are available at the door or online. General admission to all concerts is $25 adults, $20 seniors, $5 students 25 and under with valid ID, and preferred seating is $35. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.
All performances are supported by the Kling Family Foundation.