Steven Jarvi

Classical
10:56 am
Fri December 2, 2011

A Move for "Messiah"

The Independence Messiah Choir, Kansas City Symphony Chorus, and Kansas City Symphony rehearse for the first time together in Helzberg Hall.
Laura Spencer/KCUR

This year marks the first time Handel’s Messiah will not be performed at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo. since 1916.

The challenge: how to transfer the sound of almost 250 voices - the combined Kansas City Symphony Chorus and the Independence Messiah Choir -  from a cavernous hall to the more intimate Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.

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