UPDATE: The singalong has been extended through midnight on January 4, 2021. Get on it!
As we settle in for the MDK team’s annual week off, I will be taking Max Daniels’s sage advice, and dialing our celebrations way back. I got a pint of candy cane ice cream to make ice cream floats with Swiss Miss hot chocolate, and that may be the high point of festivities around here.
A Time-Sensitive Opportunity to Raise the Roof
Here’s a fun thing that I want to share: Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is presenting a Singalong Messiah, with Handel himself conducting. (Possibly conductor Ivars Taurins dressed up as one of Handel’s Helpers, but shush, let’s go with this.)
Here’s a message from the maestro:
For over three decades, George Frideric Handel (aka yours truly) has stepped onto the stage to lead Tafelmusik and an audience chorus of thousands through his timeless masterpiece, Messiah, in a sing-along version. This year we must come together in spirit rather than in person. So, until we can join our voices once again to “raise the roof,” I sincerely hope that our Messiah sing-along film presentation, and Handel’s music, will rekindle the flame of all that is best within us, bringing joy, peace, and hope to your homes. —Ivars Taurins (G.F. Handel)
It’s beautifully filmed and recorded, full of heart. You really get an appreciation of what a rock star Handel was/is. The orchestra and soloists all do their bits, and then for the choruses, an audience of 1,000 (imagine! 1,000 people in a room! singing real loud!) joins in.
And you can, too! Here’s a link to the chorus score that you can print out. (And if you’d like to grab the nearest baroque instrument, you can play along by downloading the instrument parts here.)
This lovely video will disappear at 11:59 p.m. on January 4, so time is of the essence. This evening I’m going to don my nicest (and only) caftan and sing the hell out of the alto part, and I’m hoping to convince my housemate to chime in with the tenors, or on the cello, in a spirit of family solidarity.
I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas has the merriest, most memorable one ever.