George Frideric Handel (1685-1759):
Messiah, HWV 56
This performance begins the five concert audition process to select the next Bach Consort Artistic Director with Todd Fickley conducting Handel’s immortal oratorio. Arguably the most famous choral piece by any composer, Messiah has been a staple in this country at Christmastime but is equally appropriate for Easter. The Consort closes its season with this rare opportunity to hear the orchestra and chorus perform Handel’s most beloved and enduring masterpiece.
Native Washingtonian, conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, and organist Todd Fickley is the acting artistic director of the Consort. He holds an MA in organ performance from the University of Wales and is a fellow of the AGO. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and across the US, Europe and Israel, and has been featured with the NSO and Washington Ballet. His recordings have been critically praised as “some of the most enthralling Bach organ playing you are likely to hear anywhere by anyone.”
Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, alto
Kyle Tomlin, tenor
Steven Combs, bass