Sunday, December 17, 2006

104 Main Street

St. Peter's Church has for many years been the venue for the annual performance of Handel's Messiah, presented by the Danbury Music Centre, and I am happy to say that tonight's the night! I missed it last year because I was working at the mall, but I'll be there tonight.

Quoting from today's New-Times:
"The 125 performers of the Danbury Concert Chorus and the Danbury Baroque Chamber Orchestra will be under the direction of Richard Price. Joining the ensemble are organist Stephen Roberts and harpsichordist Maxim Vladimiroff.

"Soloists are soprano Jane Thorngren, meszzo-soprano Laura Vlasak Nolen, tenor Walter MacNeil, and bass Walter Du Melle."

This is one of those events that make Danbury such a special place to live. It's always standing room only, so get there when the doors open at 6:30 to get a good seat. The performance starts at 7:30. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted.

St. Peter's is an example of what a downtown church should look like. It's situated right at sidewalk level. No unsightly parking lot for them. This church is for people, not for cars.