San Juan Symphony to present Handel’s ‘Messiah’

By Kathy Myrick
Special to The PREVIEW

The San Juan Symphony will usher in the holiday season with the performance of favorite arias and choruses of Handel’s “Messiah.”

This program, including some of Messiah’s best-loved arias and choruses, features two choirs, the Durango Choral Society and Vicus Voices, and a pair of distinguished vocal soloists: soprano Gemma Kavanagh and mezzo Laura Thoreson.  Concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Henderson Hall at San Juan College in Farmington, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Music director Arthur Post will preview the concert on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel in downtown Durango.  The pre-concert talk is free and open to the public.

Handel composed “Messiah” in just three weeks in early 1741.  The first performance was in Dublin on April 13, 1742.

“Messiah” has become a part of our musical culture to an extent that Handel, sharp entrepreneur though he was, could never have dreamed of when he completed the oratorio more than 270 years ago. There can be no doubt that “Messiah” is the work that has the widest popular appeal in the entire choral repertoire.

For Farmington concert tickets,  call Henderson Hall at (505) 566-3430. For Durango concert tickets,  call the Community Concert Hall ticket office in Durango at 247-7657, or purchase online at

For more information, call the SJS office at 382-9753.

This story was posted on November 14, 2013.