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Review: Octavo Singers impressive in performance of Handel oratorio

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The Octavo Singers are sounding better than ever if their Sunday afternoon performance of Handel’s “Judas Maccabeus” at the First Reformed Church is proof. Curtis Funk, their artistic director, did an impressive job whipping the almost 100 singers into shape for the group’s first-time effort with this oratorio. Written by Handel five years after his “Messiah” in 1746 in another record-setting 32 days, the almost-three-hour work rivals the more popular oratorio. He wrote it in ...


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