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Sing Along with the New Messiah Apri 27

  • Apr 12, 2009
[caption id="attachment_2845" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Sharon Paul of the UO School of Music leads the Messiah preview sing along."][/caption]Chances are most everyone has sung at least a part of Handel’s 1742 Messiah, the most popular choral work ever written, frequently performed in "sing along" form. On April 27, in the Oregon Bach Festival's Messiah Project preview, Eugene-area singers can continue that tradition when Sharon Paul of the University of Oregon School of Music leads a "sight-reading sing along" of a movement from the new Messiah by eminent Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström. The Messiah Project Preview takes place Monday, April 27 at 7 pm in the Wildish Theatre, 630 Main Street in Springfield. Sandström's Messiah is a joint commission of the Oregon Bach Festival and Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. Its world premiere is July 9 at the OBF. Paul will point out highlights from the Sandström score and lead a sing along of the same movement from both Sandström and Handel versions, with backup by the University Singers and UO Chamber Choir. Paul will also give a side-by-side score comparison of sections of the two Messiahs, and Amy Adams, a soprano of the OBF Chorus, will sing arias of Sandström's new work. In addition to the Messiah preview, John Evans, OBF Executive Director, will give an insider's look at artists and concerts of the 2009 Festival and offer ticket deals and prizes. Non-singers are welcome. The event is free, but RSVPs are required. To RSVP, send email to: bachfest@uoregon.edu and type in the subject line, RSVP-YES. Sandström's Messiah is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hult Endowment Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. OBF Community Outreach is sponsored by Wells Fargo.