I took the train into Stavanger last night to hear Handel’s “Messiah” at the cathedral. Nothing breathes Christmas in the music world like this great oratorio, and I was so glad to be going with friends.
The evening was still and quite warm – the streets were running with water from the newly melted snow, and the icy was mushy now, instead of being treacherously slippery.
The concert was exceptional – great and dynamic soloists, and a choir that included the youth choirs of the church. The little boy sopranos looked so angelic (I know, don’t be fooled). The small orchestra was also very good, and the acoustics in the church, which was built in the 12th century, are truly amazing. I’m sure that there was not a bad seat in the house.
Just a week now until Christmas Eve, and I have been able to attend performances of both The Messiah and The Nutcracker Ballet. Let the festivities begin.