Arcadia Players - New England's Period Instrument Ensemble
Arcadia Players embraces
practice to illuminate
and invigorate the
great Western heritage
of vocal and
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conducted by Ian Watson
Friday, December 16, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
Abbey Chapel, Mount Holyoke College
Route 116, South Hadley MA
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About this event.
Ian Watson and Arcadia Players, New England’s period instrument orchestra and vocal ensemble, give their 2016 performance of George Frideric Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah on Friday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. at 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.
The neo-Gothic Abbey Memorial Chapel at Mount Holyoke College is located on Route 116 (College Street) directly across from the South Hadley Public Library. The entrance is on the quadrangle side. Parking is available in lots across Route 116, on some campus roads, and in the public lot behind Village Commons. Links to a street map, campus map and directions are at the “Venue Directions” page of arcadiaplayers.org.
Arcadia Players, founded 27 years ago by Margaret Irwin-Brandon, has been led by Ian Watson for the past twelve 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 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.
The final concert in Arcadia Players’ 2016-2017 season, featuring Haydn’s Nelson Mass, in collaboration with the Choir of Men and Boys of the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, New York, will be given Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College.
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This concert season is made possible through the support of our patrons and donors, our hosts Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, Wesley United Methodist Church, Hadley, and Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst, our media sponsor New England Public Radio, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, and in 2016 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 Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.