We attended a performance of Handel’s Messiah performed by the San Antonio Symphony. The program opened with a brief introduction to the Messiah before the music started. Although I’m very familiar with the piece and have heard it performed live before, I thought this was a good idea in case there were people in the audience who weren’t familiar with it. This performance was held in a church rather than in the concert hall where I’d seen them play a Tchaikovsky symphony a few years ago, so it was performed in the type of setting that Handel had originally written it for. I think the acoustics might have been better in a concert hall, since the instrumental music overpowered the vocal soloists in some places. What stood out for me in this performance was that it was the first time that I’ve heard a male counter-tenor sing the alto solos, which is how it was performed in Handel’s time. This attention to historical accuracy impressed me. I will be making a point to check the Symphony’s schedule on future visits to San Antonio to see if there will be any performances while I’m here.
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