Rockefeller hosts Handel


Wrapped from head to toe in coats, scarves, and hats, students, faculty, and community members flooded Rockefeller Chapel Friday night for the University Chorus's annual performance of Handel's Messiah. Conducted by University Chorus Director James Kallembach, the program featured selections from the 53-movement piece, which is three hours in its entirety. The program notes described Handel's expertise in Italian opera, one of his most frequent composition styles. As an oratorio, the Messiah parallels Italianate opera, including casts of soloists, a chorus, and an orchestra, but breaks with opera in its lack of costumes and sets and in its religious material.

"I'm in love with all the soloists," said history major and University Chorus soprano Rachel Berg, '08, referring to soprano Hyun Suk Jang, countertenor Lon Ellenberger, tenor Trevor Mitchell, and bass Andrew Schultze. After the performance Berg and other chorus members migrated to Medici on 57th for a late dinner.

Jenny Fisher, '07

Photo: University Chorus Director James Kallembach.

December 4, 2006