Arcadia Players - New England's Period Instrument Ensemble
Arcadia Players embraces
practice to illuminate
and invigorate the
great Western heritage
of vocal and
Friday, December 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Abbey Chapel, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Advance tickets: $37.50 General admission, $10 Student with ID
Purchase advance tickets online ($3 fee) and bring your receipt, or print order form at arcadiaplayers.org. Group tickets ($25 each, 6+ people, single payment) or individual tickets may also be purchased by credit card at 413-586-8742. Any tickets still available will be sold at the door for $40.
About this event.
Ian Watson and Arcadia Players, New England’s period instrument orchestra and vocal ensemble, give their signature performance of George Frideric Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah on Friday, December 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful setting and acoustics of Abbey Memorial Chapel, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. Watson, the singers and the orchestra present the complete oratorio in an illuminating performance that has gained a widespread reputation and a unique place in the Western Massachusetts concert season. Vocal soloists are members of the distinguished choir that sings with an ensemble of period instrumentalists. Ian Watson conducts from the harpsichord, and the concertmaster is Susanna Ogata, most recently heard with Arcadia Players in the acclaimed performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
Abbey Memorial Chapel at Mount Holyoke College is located in the Mount Holyoke campus on Route 116 (College Street) directly across from the South Hadley Public Library. The chapel entrance faces the college quadrangle. Parking is available in lots across Route 116, on some campus roads, and in the public lot behind Village Commons. Links to street maps, a campus map and directions may be found on the “Venue Directions” page of arcadiaplayers.org.
Arcadia Players, founded 28 years ago by Margaret Irwin-Brandon, has been led by Ian Watson for the past thirteen years in revelatory performances of masterpieces from the Renaissance to Beethoven, given throughout Southern New England and beyond. Besides serving as Arcadia Players’ Artistic Director, Watson is Associate Conductor and principal keyboard player of Boston’s Handel + Haydn Society, Music Director of Connecticut Early Music Festival, and Music Director and Organist at The First Parish, Lincoln. His stature as a conductor builds on an impressive international career as organist, harpsichordist and pianist.
In the new year Arcadia Players continues their 28th season with two concerts that showcase other treasured Baroque repertories. Arcadia Viols, with guest singers and keyboard player, present highlights of the 17th-century German repertory for voices and viols on January 21 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Hadley. This is the music that was Bach’s heritage. For the season finale Arcadia Players and the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, who combined forces in 2016 for a the splendid performance of King Arthur, celebrate Purcell in a concert including the ode Come Ye Sons of Art on April 15 at Grace Church, Amherst.
Arcadia Players’ 2017-18 concert season is made possible through the support of our patrons and donors, our hosts Mount Holyoke College, Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst, and Wesley United Methodist Church, Hadley, our media sponsor New England Public Radio, and in 2017 by the Cultural Councils of Amherst, South Hadley and Hadley, and the Northampton Arts Council, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Arcadia Players is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.