It was a full house at St. Stephen’s Church in Boston’s North End on Wednesday night as local arts partners offered a ‘gift of music’ through a free concert of Handel’s “Messiah” (Part 1). The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) and The Boston Landmarks Orchestra organized artists and musicians from across the city for the Christmas favorite concluding with the famous Hallelujah Chorus (shown in the above video).
“The North End Music and Performing Arts Center is one of our favorite community partners, and we were delighted to be able to collaborate again to offer this special holiday concert together. We’re excited that our Assistant Conductor Kristo Kondakci will be leading not only the musicians, but our very own One City Choir, comprised of choristers from almost every neighborhood in Boston! We’re also excited – and proud – that our Artistic Administrator, Arthur Rishi, will be singing the tenor arias in this performance! “ -Jo Frances Meyer, Boston Landmarks Orchestra Executive Director
The performance featured the NEMPAC Holiday Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks One City Choir, NEMPAC Soloists and the St. John School Youth Honor’s Choir. Messiah Soloists include Emily Tweedy, Sherri Snow, Rebecca Rapoport-Cole, Alexandra Dietrich, Arthur Rishi and Elijah Blaisdell.
This Holiday Concert was the perfect opportunity to collaborate once again and especially to draw from some of the local talent we have here in the North End! We are excited to offer this as a free concert, encouraging everyone to come and experience something truly beautiful this Holiday Season.” – Sherri Snow, NEMPAC Executive Director
Enjoy the Halleluhah Chorus video above and these photos below from the concert.