Toccata performs Handel’s ‘Messiah’ |

Toccata performs Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Staff Reports

“Messiah” returns to Carson Valley by request for another performance. G. F. Handel’s monumental Baroque oratorio will be presented by Toccata Orchestra and Chorus, in the sanctuary of St. Gall Catholic Church.

The concert is 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a wine reception. This is the second concert of the 2013-14 season presented by the Carson Valley Arts Council.

The Messiah series marks the completion of Toccata’s eighth season. Joining the Toccata Orchestra and Chorus for this production are soloists Joy Strotz, Anna Helwing and Jennifer Tibben, sopranos; Stephanie Dixon and Maryanne Ashley, mezzo sopranos; Chris Nelson and Albert Lee, tenors; and Stuart Duke and Ryan Ashley, baritones. The Toccata Children’s Chorus from South Lake Tahoe, directed by Bonnie Turnbull will perform on three of the concerts. The Toccata Chamber Orchestra features Louis Steptoe as concertmaster; David Brock, Tracy Beaver, and Nick Haines as continuo; and Mark Lord, William van Meter and Dwayne Hollenbach on Baroque trumpets. All performances will be conducted by Maestro James Rawie.

Again this year, community singers are invited to join the chorus, and can participate in three songs: “Since by Man Came Death,” “Worthy is the Lamb/Amen” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” as the encore. There will be two practice opportunities in mid-to-late-November for community singers.

Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Students/children are $5. Tickets are also required for singers. Purchase tickets online at, at the CVAC office or call 782-8207.

Contact Carson Valley Arts Council or call 782-8207, if you are interested in singing with Toccata.

St. Gall is located at 1343 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.