Experiene Handel's Messiah this weekend

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

Handel's Messiah will fill the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center this holiday season for the seventh consecutive year.

The Federal Way Symphony will perform Handel's Messiah.

"It's an iconic work that is performed everywhere, every year," said Music Director and Conductor Brian Davenport.

"This will be the seventh year in a row that the Federal Way Symphony has performed it," he said.

Handel was principally an opera composer.

"He wrote the Messiah for a very small orchestra, with strings, an oboe, a trumpet, and all the music is there," said Davenport.

Mozart, as well as other musicians, studied Handel's Messiah and rewrote it for larger orchestras.

"There are a lot of ways you can do it. It's all about the audience, the hall, and what people want to hear," said Davenport.

The piece contains three parts with 53 movements altogether.

"Every year I do about 35 or 38 pieces," said Davenport.

"I'll play the pieces that everyone wants to hear, but then I'll pick certain things to play in the middle. Then the next year I won't play those ones, I'll pick something different," Davenport said.

Two choirs, Breath of Air and the Federal Way Chorale, will be performing together at this concert.

 "This piece requires four good soloists, then you have to have a well-trained choir," said Davenport.

Parking at the event is free in the lot surrounding the performing arts center.

The show is on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

The address is 31510 Pete Von Reichbauer Way S., Federal Way.

Tickets are $39-50 for adults, $34-45 for seniors (60 and older), $10 for children (10 and younger), and $18 for students with ID.

For tickets, and more information visit www.federalwaysymphony.org/.

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