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Singing Out of Court

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December 14, 2021

Christmas is here, so court adjourned!  That is to say, the Schubert Club’s Courtroom Concert needs more room for their biggest concert of the year, Songs of the Season. This Thursday at noon, instead of the usual Landmark Center courtroom, stroll north a few blocks to Central Presbyterian Church, next door to MPR headquarters in downtown St. Paul. Admission is free, and by popular demand they’ve added an evening performance at 7 p.m. You’ll enjoy an hour of superb, original winter songs and carols by Minnesota composers and songwriters, sung by a who’s-who of Minnesota vocal talent.

Some of these singers are also busy with Handel’s Messiah. The Bach Roots Festival assembled a roster of A-List talent for their performances at the Basilica in Minneapolis on Friday, in St. Paul on Saturday and in Plymouth on Sunday. Since Messiah’s first performance in Dublin as a charity fundraiser, “…this great work has been heard in all parts of the kingdom with increasing reverence and delight; it has fed the hungry, clothed the naked, fostered the orphan, and enriched succeeding managers of Oratories more than any single musical production in this or any other country,” said Charles Burney after the premiere in 1742. Handel’s Messiah still “tellest good tidings” today.