Community Messiah Sing-Alongs are typically accompanied by piano or organ. However, in a new twist on an age-old event, the NewWSO itself will host and accompany 100 singers at what will be a thrilling evening of community-created music. The NewWSO, an audition-free orchestra composed of local amateur musicians conducted by Benjamin Niemczyk, will play from the Mozart orchestration (Prout edition) of Handel's masterpiece.
Maestro Niemczyk states, "Mozart's meticulous planning yields a surprisingly whimsical Messiah, one that involves the symphony orchestra and chorus in a way few pieces do. This rare event should not be missed."
The NewWSO will be joined by special guest artist Jean Newton on harpsichord, lending an authentic Baroque essence to Mozart's "modern" arrangement. Dr. Newton is the Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester and an accomplished harpsichord player, a true Messiah expert who has performed the work many times over in her career.
Audience members may bring their own score (the classic, gray Schirmer edition is encouraged) or borrow one from the orchestra. Audience members will have the opportunity to sing their favorite choruses and select arias that they would normally never have the opportunity to sing. The event promises to be a great start to the holiday season.
The New Westchester Symphony Orchestra's Messiah Sing-Along will take place on Friday, November 30 from 7:00-9:30pm at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, 216 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606. Tickets are $10 and include rental of a score if needed (Schirmer edition) and refreshments. A limited number of pre-sale tickets are available through the NewWSO's Kickstarter fundraising page, http://www.kickstarter.com/