Boston Baroque Streaming Unique ‘Messiah’ Experience

By David Salazar

Boston Baroque has started streaming a unique showcase of Handel’s “Messiah” as part of its December offering.

Instead of presenting just one specific performance of the hallowed work for the holiday season, the company took a different approach, compiling showcases from 2014 through 2019 to create a more potent experience.

The result features a number of major artists appearing as soloists throughout “performance,” including bass-baritone Dashon Burton; soprano Amanda Forsythe; mezzo-sopranos Ann McMahon Quintero and Paula Murrihy; countertenor Christopher Lowrey; tenors William Burden, Thomas Cooley, and Aaron Sheehan; and baritone Stephen Powell. The performances were all conducted by Martin Pearlman, the orgnaization’s music director.

This is the latest in the company’s monthly streaming offerings. Next up will be a New Year’s Celebration in January 2021. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 will be spotlighted in February 2021 with highlights from “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” coming in March 2021. Handel’s “Water Music Suite” will be presented in April 2021 and Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610” will be the main focus for May 2021. The season’s digital schedule ends in June 2021 with Handel’s “Jephtha.”