By popular demand we again present “Messiah in Space,” a moving interpretation of Handel’s masterwork with staging and new ways to look at one of the most celebrated oratorios in the choral repertoire. The Bach Choir re-imagines this perennial favorite and presents interesting new ways to view its importance.
Saturday, December 3 @ 8pm
Sunday, December 4 @ 4pm
Location & Parking
St. Agnes Center is located at 3235 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (just west of the Craft Avenue intersection) in Oakland.
Free parking is available in Lot A on the corner of Fifth and Craft Avenues, Lot D (valet parking) on the corner of Fifth and Robinson, and Lot C up the hill on Terrace Street. All parking is first-come, first-served.
Guests with limited mobility should park in Lot D if possible, and use the accessible entrance on the west side of the building. All others should use the main entrance on Fifth Avenue.
St. Agnes Center
3235 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
About the Performance
“Messiah in Space was first imagined taking place in a planetarium, but the intent of the title was always a double entendre. The notion of “space” was also intended to refer to utilizing space in interesting and creative ways. Typically, a choral performance is done in a proscenium space with little change in the physical configuration of the performers.
In our production, the seating is non-uniform, suggesting that the performance will take on a unique and often unpredictable use of movement within the space. The staging of this work may help you to hear the text in a fresh way. Nothing has been changed in the original score, however a few judicious cuts are made in part 2 and part 3, and each section of the chorus will at times sing one of the associated arias.
The soloists will appear in unexpected places along with the chorus establishing various positions. This week, we are returning to the spectacular location of our first production of Messiah in Space. An added aspect of the production includes projected images that comment both literal and symbolic interpretations of Handel’s text.
I was trying to remember when I first learned Messiah. It seems that I’ve known it all my life. I recall attempting to sing the bass arias before my voice changed, so it’s safe to say that I learned when I was 8 or 9 years old. There’s a clear reason why it has endured all these years: its masterpiece can’t be denied.
Messiah in Space is a production that has captured audience members. Some have said that they cannot imagine a production of Messiah performed any other way. The Bach Choir, along with the Academy Chamber Orchestra trust that you will find these performances intriguing, compelling and ultimately quite satisfying.” – Thomas W. Douglas, Artistic Director