In 1742, G.F. Handel premiered the "Messiah" in Dublin, Ireland. On Sunday evening, young and experienced singers, along with an orchestra brought the beloved work to St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk.
Vince Edwards, Director of Music at St. Paul's on the Green and Artistic Director of the Seabury Academy of Music and the Arts said, "There's a lot of history with the piece. It has been done through the years thousands upon thousands of times. We have a large program for boys and girls, the sopranos of the choir largely consist of young boys and girls and I wanted them to have the experience of learning it while they were young."
This year's concert marked the second performance of Handel's work at the church, joining the many thousands of performances that have happened around the world every year since it's premiere.
Molly Netter, soprano soloist and section leader at St. Paul's on the Green said, "I love being a part of the "Messiah." I try to do it as often as I can every year. It's sort of a old friend for me. I first learned it in 2009 and I got to do a tour in Germany. Every time I get to do the "Messiah", it brings to life all those details and those really special things that I think will remain with me for life.
Edwards said, "When you work with people that are so dedicated and want so badly to do well and enjoy the music so much that makes it a great pleasure. As a conductor to look up and see people giving back, it makes it great fun."
For many, "Messiah" and especially the "Hallelujah Chorus" is synonymous with the holiday season.
"People look at the program and see if it's there and they wait for it. I think they certainly love all the other music that comes before but for many people, that's what they are waiting for," said Edwards.
"When you get to the Hallelujah Chorus, it's such a realease of everything you've been holding on to and it's so jubilant and refreshing and that moment you're singing it, all you are doing is living in that joy," added Netter.
"We just want it to be a gift to the community. Something the whole family can look forward to and say, "That's part of our holiday tradition in Norwalk is we go see the "Messiah" at St. Paul's,"" added Edwards.