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An Exceptional Performance of Handel’s Messiah

Dec 18, 2013

I cannot get enough of Handel's Messiah, and it seems that most of Charlotte agrees with me. A huge, incredibly diverse audience filled Belk Theater to the brim on the evening of December 18, 2013 to hear the highly esteemed Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Singers of Charlottecollaborate on this incredible piece, conducted by Scott Allen Jarrett. Belk Theater was a lovely venue for the performance; the stage is massive, the acoustics are great and a good view of the stage can be had from anywhere in the auditorium.

Before I dive into the performance, a few words must be said for Jarrett's conducting. Rarely have I seen a conductor with such passion; he was often dancing on his podium along with the music and used body language to cue the mood he sought from his performers. He used no baton, but rather kept his hands free to better convey the desired phrasing and emotion. It was unorthodox but the performance he created was exciting.

Full article at CNVC