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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( April 15, 1999)
SDSM& T’S CONCERT CHOIR & THE DAKOTA CHORAL UNION PRESENT HANDEL’S MESSIAH
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) and the Dakota Choral Union will perform Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, April 17 at First Congregational Church, 1200 Clark Street. Handel’s Messiah is one of the most frequently performed choral works of all time and will be presented in the authentic Baroque style of the eighteenth century on April 17.
Director and conductor Dr. Susan L. Reid, member of the music faculty at SDSM& T, says that careful adherence to Baroque style gives the presentation a distinct sound, from driving rhythms to numerous small breaks and pauses which open the music up and give dramatic effect.
Audiences at the two performances will experience several other special features in addition to the Baroque singing style. Two choirs, the Dakota Choral Union and SDSM& T’s Concert Choir, will join together in a 120- voice powerhouse. A carefully selected Messiah orchestra has been put together to create just the right sound. An organ and harpsichord will play with the orchestra and choirs. Dr. Reid, director and conductor of both choirs and the orchestra, will present a pre- concert talk about the composer and music prior to the evening performance.
There will be two performances of Handel’s Messiah, 2: 30 and 7: 30 pm. Dr. Reid’s pre- concert talk will begin at 7: 15 at the evening performance. Tickets are $ 8, or $ 7 for seniors and students, and are available in advance at the Dahl Fine Arts Center, or by contacting Shelley Long at 394- 9456.
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