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
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. General
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