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Octavo Singers deliver memorable 'Messiah' (photos)

Members of the Octavo Singers perform Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday at Union College's Memorial Chapel.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Members of the Octavo Singers perform Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday at Union College's Memorial Chapel.
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The Octavo Singers, four soloists and a 21-piece orchestra all under artistic director Curtis Funk thrilled a capacity crowd Sunday afternoon at Union College’s Memorial Chapel in its annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah.” It was a memorable performance for several reasons. Despite the chorus numbering at almost 115 singers, Funk had prepared them exceptionally well. Considering that this was probably the first time most of the singers had ever sung the entire work — all ...

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December 17, 2012
1:59 a.m.

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I agree on the whole, but I would have liked to hear more about the chorus, especially the tenors, often the subject of ridicule or disparagement, sometimes with some justification.
I also take issue with the generally positive assessment of the bass soloist, who did perform admirably in many difficult passages, but whose range was not up to what was demanded, especially in the upper register.
The soprano soloist did indeed navigate the many challenging passages well enough, and her tone was very good, but I heard a bit too much vibrato, and that chirpy sound you often hear from lyrical sopranos came through now and then.
Curtis Funk well deserves the praise in the review, as there were all of 4 rehearsals before concert week, and with so many singers, plus 4 soloists, and full orchestra!
I am sure our deceased director, George Moross, would have been proud to be associated with this kind of performance!
Peter Gerdine, tenor