On Sunday, December 8, 2013, NewWSO held its second annual Messiah Sing-Along at the Briarcliff Congregational Church. Despite the threat of stormy winter weather, a full house of approx 130 audience gathered to sing Handel’s great oratorio to the tune of New Westchester Symphony Orchestra’s accompaniment.
Singing and playing several arias and all but a few of the choruses, the audience and the orchestra filled the festively-decorated church with the sounds of true community-created music. Even those who did not sing enjoyed being enveloped by the sound, a change from passively observing a performance from afar. The “Hallelujah” and “Worthy is the Lamb” choruses were especially impressive and awe-inspiring.
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In November 2012, NewWSO held its first Messiah Sing-Along at the Music Conservatory of Westchester with 60 audience members. We doubled our audience this year, and who knows how many will join us next year to sing, listen and join in what seems destined to become a new Westchester tradition? Check our website often and join our mailing list to stay informed of details on next year’s Messiah Sing-Along as well as all of our 2014 performances and events.