It's Hallelujah time
Its not the holidays without George Frideric Handels "Messiah," performed each year by the Portland Chamber Orchestra with an annual twist.
The PCO will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 447 S.E. Third Ave. in Hillsboro.
Maestro Yaacov Bergman leads four soloists and Portlands Choral Arts Ensemble in this years classic holiday production of Handels original orchestration, which reflects on Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
Bergmans love for Baroque music started while he studied violin at the Music Academy in Jerusalem. Then, he studied under Renaissance and Baroque scholar Dr. Richard Westenburg, who was the founding director of Musica Sacra, which highlighted Handels "Messiah" at their winter holiday concert.
First performed in 1742, the work was adapted for performance on a larger scale after Handels death. Its structure resembles that of an opera, but it is not as dramatic.
Tickets are $30 adults, $25 seniors (65 and older), $15 students and $5 children. Get them at http://www.portlandchamberorchestra.org. Groups purchasing 10 or more tickets can get them for $20 each. Tickets sales benefit the PCO, which relies on donations to underwrite the cost of performances.
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