I love the Messiah and this year we attended Handel’s Messiah performed by the Kansas City Symphony. The Independence Messiah Choir, along with the Symphony Chorus and the Kansas City Symphony made the perfect kickoff to the holiday season.
David Lockington (conductor), Joélle Harvey (soprano), Ryan Belongie (countertenor), Ross Hauck (tenor), Kevin Deas (bass), Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy (chorus director), Independence Messiah Choir
The performance was superb. My only hitch being I am a traditionalist. And even though the performance was brilliant, I prefer to have the alto part sung by an alto (not a countertenor as in this performance). The solo “a virgin shall conceive” makes more sense (to me) when sung by an alto. But I did not let it mar my enjoyment of the music and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.