Baroque masterpiece, Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ gets full treatment in Norwalk

The “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah has become a staple at many a holiday concert, but the Baroque masterpiece is done rarely in its entirety.

The Fairfield County Chorale will address this lapse at its holiday concert on Sunday afternoon, December 10 at the Norwalk Concert Hall, said music director David Rosenmeyer, adding that the concert will feature the 100-plus voices of the Fairfield County Chorale, its orchestra and “four dazzling young soloists” — soprano Pascale Beaudin, countertenor Gon Halevi, tenor Nils Neubert and bass Andrew Cummings.

The New York Times has written that the Messiah’s “instrumental fireworks and glorious choral writing have made it the quintessential … holiday tradition.”

The Fairfield County Chorale, now in its 55th season of presenting choral works in southwestern Connecticut, has as its mission the performance of a “broad range of choral music for the benefit of the community, and to champion the appreciation of excellence in choral literature.”

The FCC has presented a number of local, U.S. and world premieres, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. A recent partnership allows the chorale to perform regularly with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.