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Toccata wraps up 6th season with oldie but a goodie: Handel's 'Messia

Handel's "Messiah" will be presented by the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, better known as Toccata, throughout the Tahoe region during the holiday season.

The orchestra's sixth annual production will be at five locations including the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley on Dec. 16.

"Messiah" was first performed in Dublin, Ireland on March 23, 1742 and was conducted by its composer, George Frideric Handel. It continues to be a masterpiece that has entertained audiences 270 years. Toccata's production is a celebration of the holidays and includes not only favorite selections from "Messiah" Parts 1 and 3, but also seasonal carols that the audience will be most welcome to join in singing.

All performances will be directed by Maestro James Rawie.

The "Messiah" series marks the completion of Toccata's sixth Season. Joining the TOCCATA Orchestra and Chorus for this production are soprano soloists Katharine DeBoer, Joy Strotz and Anna Helwing and Stuart Duke, baritone.

This is the fourth year that Toccata will performs Messiah at the Resort at Squaw Creek, and there is special pricing for room rates and dinner-concert combinations. Call 530-581-6615. Members from the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, directed by Susan Horst, will join Toccatta for the Dec. 14, 16, and 20 performances.

The Toccata Chamber Orchestra features Virginia Bowman as concertmaster, David Brock, and Nick Haines as continuo, and Mark Lord and William Van Meter on Baroque trumpets.

General admission to all concerts is $25 adults, $20 seniors, $5 students 25 and under with valid ID, and preferred and reserved seating is $35. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.

All performances are supported by the Kling Family Foundation.

For information or preferred seating, call 775-313-9697. Visit Toccata online at, or email

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 8, 2011 01:45PM Published Dec 8, 2011 01:14PM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.