Peterborough volunteers to revive Handel's Messiah
The one hour concert includes selected pieces from Messiah and is planned for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church on Concord Street.
"It's for people that did sing it at Franklin Pierce mostly, people that know it really well. We just have the one rehearsal Saturday at 2 p.m. It's free, just like Pierce was," said Margaret Carlson, who played violin in the Franklin Pierce Messiah orchestra for 29 years. "The singers are paying $15 each to do it because we have no other way of doing it and that's why Franklin Pierce canceled it. It got to be too expensive."
Three years ago, Franklin Pierce announced it would no longer hold the free Christmastime Messiah concert due to the cost.
The last 15 years of the Franklin Pierce Messiah concerts the university had paid the orchestra members.
For this performance, local singers alto Pamela Stevens, tenor Rick Simpson, soprano Samantha McCloghry and basses Stephen Smillie and Tom Cochran will be the soloists. Along with the singers a string quartet from Francestown and organist Mary Ann Fleming will be conducted by Jeff Fuller, who is the musical director at All Saints Church in Peterborough.
"I missed playing it a great deal and hopefully someday there will be a big group," Carlson said.
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