Philadelphia is a city famous for its musical institutions—so, of course, at this time of year Messiah performances abound. I’m a hardcore fan, and I try to go at least once. This season, I made it to two, at different ends of the institutional spectrum.
First came the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and four international soloists, in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
A week later was the more modest forces of Tempesta di Mare (an excellent Philadelphia baroque orchestra), with the Gallery Choir of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, and four soloists from the Philly-Baltimore-Washington area, performed in the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral…
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