On Sunday, December 5, 2009, The Sarasota Choral Society presented its 65th consecutive annual performance of the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah: A Sacred Oratorio at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida. Led by our new Artistic Director Geneviève Beauchamp, the event featured soloists Deborah Berioli, soprano; Deborah Ann Polkinghorn, alto; Brad Diamond, tenor; and Douglas Renfroe, bass; with an orchestra consisting of key players from the Sarasota Orchestra, Dr. Jonathan Spivey on the organ, and an 100-member chorus.
The performance began with a choral prelude performed by Sarasota Young Voices which included a number of seasonal pieces from around the world. They accompanied the Sarasota Choral Society
Chorus as they processed in to “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and also joined the entire group for the
finale of the “Hallelujah Chorus”.
The sanctuary at Pine Shores Presbyterian provided a very beautiful setting for the presentation of this magnificent work of sacred music with its Jerusalem stone chancel and superb acoustics.
Patrons enjoyed a reception following the performance in celebration of the Society’s 65th year.
Many thanks to all who helped make this event so successful.
Photos courtesy of Bruce Lehman and V. A. Vance.