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December 11, 2013
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TOCCATA wraps 2013 with 'Messiah'

The TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus will conclude its 2013 Lake Tahoe performances with a rendition of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at the South Shore this week.

“Messiah was first performed in Dublin, Ireland on March 23, 1742 and was conducted by its composer,” according to a press release from the orchestra. “It continues to be a masterpiece that has left audiences in awe for 273 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.”

TOCCATA’s season will conclude Dec. 18 in Reno following the Sunday performance at the South Shore.

“Joining the TOCCATA Orchestra and Chorus for this production are soloists Joy Strotz, Anna Helwing and Jennifer Tibben, sopranos; Stephanie Dixon and Maryanne Ashley, mezzo sopranos; Chris Nelson and Modeste Sherman, tenors; and Stuart Duke and Ryan Ashley, baritones,” according to the release. “The TOCCATA Children’s Chorus from South Lake Tahoe, directed by Bonnie Turnbull and Linda Keel will perform on three of the concerts. The TOCCATA Chamber Orchestra features Louis Steptoe as concertmaster; David Brock, Tracy Beaver, and Nick Haines as continuo; and Mark Lord, William van Meter and Dwayne Hollenbach on Baroque trumpets. All performances will be conducted by Maestro James Rawie.”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 11, 2013 12:20PM Published Dec 13, 2013 11:26AM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.