Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico to bring Handel's 'Messiah' aimed towards a younger audience - Albuquerque Journal

Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico to bring Handel’s ‘Messiah’ aimed towards a younger audience

 

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John will host Handel’s children’s “Messiah.”

Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico wants to introduce children to Handel’s “Messiah.”

Visitors to this year’s Sixth Annual Children’s “Messiah” can nibble on some breakfast before meeting Mr. Handel at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John on Saturday, Dec. 18.

The cathedral will offer the free food before the music with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico begins. The choristers will join young singers from Roosevelt Middle School in Tijeras, the Rio Rancho Youth Chorus and Albuquerque Academy.

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John will host Handel’s children’s “Messiah.”

Founding director Maxine Thévenot pared the normally three-hour oratorio to 45 minutes (the first movement) to make it palatable for young ears.

“Mr. Handel comes out and gives an introduction about how he wrote this piece and why he wrote this piece,” she said, “so there’s an educational component, too.”

Thévenot will accompany the singers on keyboard. Local instrumentalists also will perform. She expects about 75 singers to join them, with a few from neighboring schools. As usual, she encouraged participants and audience members alike to dress for the occasion.

“We’ve had old Baroque-style wigs,” she said. “People wear their ugly Christmas sweaters. They wear lights around their necks.”

Children can bring cushions or pillows to sit on the floor.

All participants and audience members are asked to wear masks.

Home » Entertainment » Arts » Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico to bring Handel’s ‘Messiah’ aimed towards a younger audience


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Film to document 100 years of Zozobra in 2024
Arts
In two years, the 100th anniversary ... In two years, the 100th anniversary of Zozobra will take place. On Monday, Hutton Broadcasting announced its collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Santa ...
2
Miss O'Keeffe's home sweet home
Arts
Beautiful Chama River Valley drew artist ... Beautiful Chama River Valley drew artist to Abiquiú
3
UNM represented at Italian art exhibition
Arts
It's a first for the University ... It's a first for the University of New Mexico. An artist group created the project 'a Library, a Classroom, and the World,' which is ...
4
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum unveils new ...
Arts
The Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, ... The Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, has a collection around 400 pieces which continues to ...
5
Santa Fe Opera bringing Rossini's comedy classic to the ...
Arts
The Santa Fe Opera will stage ... The Santa Fe Opera will stage 'The Barber of Seville' beginning on Saturday, July 2.
6
Former SFO apprentice returns to make her principal debut ...
Arts
Sylvia D'Eramo will sing the role ... Sylvia D'Eramo will sing the role of Micaëla in Georges Bizet's classic tale of the ultimate femme fatale.
7
Georgia on their mind
Arts
O’Keeffe Museum celebrating 25 years of ... O’Keeffe Museum celebrating 25 years of showcasing the renowned artist
8
Now is the time to repot those houseplants
Arts
Bluegrass care is different than caring ... Bluegrass care is different than caring for a Bermuda lawn.
9
'The Mexican Chile Pepper Cookbook' offers recipes featuring this ...
Arts
Learn about the 64 varieties of ... Learn about the 64 varieties of chiles from around Mexico.