Handel’s Messiah was Heavenly

Incline Village, NV…We had the pleasure of attending a portion of TOCCATA’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah. It was heavenly and a perfect way to spend part of your Christmas season. TOCCATA has been performing Messiah as different venues throughout the area. On Saturday it was at St. Francis Church in Incline Village. With the snow coming down outside the bay windows overlooking the lake it added another dimension to the performance. They are performing today at The Resort at Squaw Creek and their final performances of Handel’s Messiah this year will be on the 21st and 26th in Carson City.

Information on the series is below…

TOCCATA –The Reno-Tahoe-Truckee community

has 6 opportunities this December to enjoy TOCCATA’s wonderful tradition of

producing selections from HANDEL’S MESSIAH in a Holiday Concert.

MESSIAH was first performed in Dublin, Ireland on March 23, 1742 and

was conducted by its composer. It continues to be a masterpiece that

has left audiences in awe for 269 years. The TOCCATA production is a

celebration of the holidays and includes not only favorite selections

from Messiah Parts One and Three, but also seasonal carols that the

audience will be most welcome to join in singing.

All performances will be directed by Maestro James Rawie. The Messiah

series marks the conclusion of TOCCATA’s fifth season. Joining the

TOCCATA Chamber Orchestra and Chorus for this production are soloists

Katharine DeBoer, Tammy Brock, Joy Strotz, and Anna Helwing, sopranos;

Stephanie Dixon, contralto; and Stuart Duke, baritone.

The performances are Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00 pm at Trinity

Church in Reno, (200 Island Ave., Reno • 775-329-4279); Friday,

December 17 at 7:30pm in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in South Lake

Tahoe (1041 Lyons Ave./530- 544-3533); Saturday, December 18 at 2:00

pm at St. Francis Church in Incline Village, and Sunday, December 19

at 3 pm at The Resort at Squaw Creek.

This is the third year that TOCCATA performs Messiah at the Resort at

Squaw Creek, and there is special pricing for roomrates and dinner.

The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, directed by Susan Horst, will join

TOCCATA for the December 15 and 19 performances. The Sierra Nevada

College Chorus, directed by Donna Axton and Incline Choraleers,

directed by Eunice Marion, will join for the concerts on December 17

and 18.

The final performances will take place on Tuesday, December 21 at 6:30

pm at the Carson City Community Center, and Sunday, December 26 at

Christ the King Lutheran Church in Tahoe City. The Carson City

concert features the 60-voice Carson High School Concert Choir, alumni

and Carson soloists, and will be a benefit for the high school choir’s

future tour presentations.

The TOCCATA Chamber Orchestra features Virginia Bowman as

concertmaster; David Brock, Ben Benson, and Ben Wallek as continuo;

and Mark Lord and William Van Meter on Baroque trumpets.

admission to all concerts is $20 adults, $15 seniors, $5 students 25

and under with valid ID, and preferred/reserved seating is $35.

Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. All

performances are supported by the Kling Family Foundation and Thorney

Point Foundation.

For more information or preferred seating, call 775-313-9697. Visit
TOCCATA at www.ToccataTahoe.com.