Makeover for the 'MESSIAH'

  • Jun 27, 2009
[caption id="attachment_2875" align="alignright" width="171" caption="Sven-David Sandstrom"][/caption]Imagine being hired to repaint the Mona Lisa. To rebuild Notre Dame. To rewrite “Huckleberry Finn.” That’s how Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström felt when the Oregon Bach Festival approached him to compose a new “Messiah,” based on the same text used 2½ centuries ago by George Frideric Handel. “It’s almost like someone asking you to make a new Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” Sandström said in a telephone interview earlier this month from his home in Sweden. Click here to read the full story at The Register-Guard.