Second annual ‘Messiah’ performance

Get in the Christmas spirit on Dec. 15 with a high-energy performance of Handel’s Messiah Part I, featuring First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich soloists and a chamber orchestra, conducted by the church’s Minister of Music and an in-demand concert pianist, Randall Atcheson.

This year will mark the church’s second annual performance of Messiah, according to Mr. Atcheson, who has been conducting the piece in the area for 27 years. Mr. Atcheson conducts the choir, soloists and chamber orchestra, while accompanying on the organ.

“My hands are flying, my feet are flying,” Mr. Atcheson said. “I love it. We probably do the world’s fastest Messiah, so it’s highly spirited. The instrumentalists play with smiles on their faces, in disbelief of the exceedingly fast tempos,” he added. “Listening to Handel’s Messiah is comfort food for the soul — Audiences love it because it is familiar and traditional. The Messiah helps one focus on the real meaning of Christmas.”

The performance will take place Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich. Child care will be available. A Christmas reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the concert.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Fpcg.org. Tickets are $20 per person; 16 and under are free (but still require a ticket).

To purchase with PayPal or credit card, go to Fpcg.org. To buy tickets with cash or check, go to the church office on the third floor during weekday business hours.

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