‘Hallelujah’ Chorus from ‘Messiah’ by George Frideric Handel. Performed by the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra Joseph Pollard White, Conductor
Greenlake United Methodist Church - Seattle, Washington -December 6, 2015
On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra presented what could be the first performance of "Handel's 'Messiah' " played entirely on plucked strings. Joining the orchestra were four top-flight vocalists from Seattle's choral and operatic community. Joseph Pollard White, SMO Artistic Advisor was conductor for the evening's performance.
The orchestra presented an abbreviated version of the oratorio, featuring Part I, or the "Christmas section," plus the famous "Hallelujah" Chorus.
Soloists Julie Finch, soprano; Elizabeth Peterson, mezzo-soprano; Derek Sellers, tenor; and Gustave Blazek, bass, sang with the orchestra. In an unconventional move, the soloists constituted the entire chorus. "Obviously the chorus can't get any smaller," said White. "Our intention is to create a sense of intimacy, rather than overwhelm the audience."
Recorded in Seattle's Green Lake United Methodist Church.
Founded in 1980, the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra is dedicated to revitalizing America's mandolin ensemble tradition. Featuring the entire mandolin family of instruments, including mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass, as well as guitar, the group performs throughout the Seattle area. Visit seattlemandolin.org
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