It’s that time of year again – the leaves are falling, the snow has already made a couple of appearances, we are gearing up to start rehearsals for our annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, and Colorado Gives Day is just around the corner!
A holiday tradition in many cities around the world, The Messiah is a challenging and beautiful tribute to Handel’s skillful musicality and passion. No matter how many times Colorado Bach Ensemble performs this work, putting together a production each season is a time-consuming process. A significant amount of planning and effort must go into preparing a magnificent experience for you, our loyal fans.
The process starts an entire year in advance when we finish our final performance of The Messiah each December. I book the venues for this year and contract our soloists. This year we are excited to feature fantastic soloists who have all sung with the Ensemble before. This is ideal not only for ease of learning the music and working together as an ensemble but also because returning musicians help to create a community and family here at CBE.
After the initial bookings are complete, throughout the year we select and contract ensemble musicians, make schedules, and musicians practice the music on their own. I personally spend many hours studying the score, starting about a month before we start rehearsals – I find something new to enhance or elevate every year! Then just 5 days before our opening performance, rehearsals begin! We have a separate chorus and orchestra sessions as well as soloist rehearsals, but the first time we perform with everyone together is our first performance in front of you.
Colorado Bach Ensemble is one of few organizations in the Rocky Mountain Region that presents the entirety of The Messiah rather than just the highlights. This dedication to presenting the vocal works of both Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries in their entirety plus the months of preparation and coordination are what make Colorado Bach Ensemble’s performances of The Messiah so unique.
All this time and work throughout the year is not necessarily made known to our fans, nor does not go without cost. The ability to rent top notch performance spaces, the capacity to pay our musicians a living wage, and the production of the beautiful programs you receive when you come to a performance are all possible thanks to the support of generous donors like you.
Please consider making a gift to Colorado Bach Ensemble on Colorado Gives Day – December 5th. Your generous donation will help us continue to present outstanding performances of Bach and his contemporaries along the Front Range. You have the power to help us make magic happen this holiday season!
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