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TOCATTA to perform Handel’s Messiah

TOCCATA – The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area – announces its fifth annual production of Handel’s Messiah with performances in four locations including the Resort at Squaw Creek.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe, 1041 Lyons Ave., (530) 544-3533; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at St. John Presbyterian Church in Reno 1070 W. Plumb Lane, (775) 826-0990; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 at The Resort at Squaw Creek. A dinner and concert package is available.

The final performance will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the Carson City Capital Christian Center. The Dec. 18, 19 and 22 performances will include singers from the 70-voice Carson High School Concert Choir. The Dec. 22 performance will be a benefit for the high school choir’s future tour presentations and includes Carson High Alumni.



All performances will be directed by Maestro James Rawie. The Messiah series marks the conclusion of TOCCATA’s fourth season. Joining the Tahoe Chamber Orchestra and Chorus for this production are soloists Tammy Brock, Joy Strotz, and Anna Helwing, sopranos; Marianne Ashley and Susan Benefield, mezzo sopranos; Andy Sonnemaker and John Hutto, tenors; and Stuart Duke, baritone.

The Tahoe Chamber Orchestra features Virginia Bowman as concertmaster; David Brock, Ben Benson, and Ben Wallek as continuo; and Mark Lord and William Van Meter on Baroque trumpets.



General admission to the concerts at South Lake, Reno and Squaw Valley is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students 25 and under with valid ID. Preferred seating is $35. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Because the Dec. 22 performance is a special fundraiser for the Carson High School Choir, admission to that concert is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Preferred seating is $45 and includes a reception.

All performances are supported by the Kling Family Foundation, Thorny Point Foundation, and TransAD Puerto Rico.

For more information or preferred seating, call 775-313-9697. Visit TOCCATA at http://www.ToccataTahoe.com.


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