Lenten performance of G.F. Handel's Messiah presented by the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, the Kansas City Collegium Vocale under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board.

G.F. Handel's Messiah, complete A period performance by the Kansas City Baroque Consortium with the Kansas City Collegium Vocale under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board. Featuring Ida Nicolosi, soprano; Doug Dodson, countertenor; Andrew Childs, tenor; Joshua Lawlor, baritone.

Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Reserved Seating (limited): $30 General Admission: $20 Seniors: $10 Students: Free Tickets available at the door. Check or cash only. Request Reserved Seating by emailing KCBaroque@gmail.com.

The Kansas City Baroque Consortium will present the complete Messiah by G. F. Handel in a period performance with the Kansas City Collegium Vocale under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board, Director of Choral Activities at Pepperdine University. Featured soloists are Ida Nicolosi, soprano; Doug Dodson, countertenor; Andrew Childs, tenor; and Joshua Lawlor, baritone.

In addition to his post at Pepperdine, Dr. Board is currently principle conductor for the Prague Choral Festival in association with Prague Proms. He formerly served on the faculty of the UMKC Conservatory. Board has directed the renowned KC Collegium Vocale for five years and was previously the director of Armonia Early Music Ensemble. Choirs under Board's direction have been invited to perform at prestigious venues for state, regional, national, and international events including the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association, the Prague Choral Festival, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival's Spotlight Series.

This rare Lenten performance of the Messiah reflects Handel's original intention that the oratorio be presented in the Spring during Lent or Eastertide. It's first performance was given April 13, 1742 in Dublin. Concert goers are most accustomed to hearing the Messiah presented at Christmas and typically hear only Part One - the Christmas portion of the Oratorio (with the Hallelujah Chorus included from Part Two). Offering a performance of the complete work in the context of the Easter season allows the listener to experience the full scope of Handel's musical anthology of the life of Christ - from birth to death, resurrection to the promise of salvation. From a purely musical standpoint, It also provides an opportunity to experience the many extraordinary musical moments from Part Two and Three that aren't presented for most Christmas productions.

The setting of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church provides not only an exceptional resonance for choral works, the church building is one of Kansas City's architectural treasures designed in the Romanesque Revival style by Henry Hobson Richardson, and contains the only locally remaining interior frescoes by the renowned ecclesiastic artist Dante Cosentino.

Tickets for the event are available at the door, cash or check. General Admission is $20, Seniors: $10, Students Free. Additionally a limited number of reserved seats are available for $30. Email KCBaroque@gmail.com to reserve these seats, payable at the door.

Press Contact: Trilla Ray-Carter Director, Kansas City Baroque Consortium (816) 550-3375 (not for publication) trillmont@kc.rr.com

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