Brewery Arts Center partners with TOCCATA to present “Handel’s Messiah”

 December 6, 2021 – On Saturday December 18th at 3pm the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Choir will be celebrating the end of their 16th season by performing Handel’s Messiah and seasonal carols in the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall.

The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area (TOCCATA) is a nonprofit performance organization founded in 2005, whose mission is to spread classical orchestra and choral music appreciation to the Reno-Tahoe area. Current Artistic Director James Rawie co-founded the nonprofit with Nancy Rawie and in the organization’s over 15 years has provided a space for seasoned musicians to perform at accessible shows for all demographics. They have toured internationally such as Italy in 2017 and they plan to travel to Southern France in 2021.

For this performance at the Brewery Arts Center, featured orchestra members include Brian Fox and Jeffrey Lindhorst as Concertmasters, David Brock and Nick Haines as continuo; with William Cates and Joe Savage on Baroque (piccolo) Trumpet. James Rawie will be conducting as well.

Messiah was composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel and has remained an iconic piece of music since. This composition has been used in many pieces of media including holiday classics like Christmas Vacation and Scrooged. During the choir performances, audience members are encouraged to sing along!

The event will be held in the Brewery Art Center’s Performance Hall at 3pm and tickets run $30 for general adults seating and $25 for general seniors seating. Preferred seating is $40 for adults and for students or youth (under 23) it is $15 although general admission is free youth.  The symphony is requiring proof of vaccination from audience members and masks must be worn inside the theater in alliance with the current mandates.

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