TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

James Rawie, Artistic Director and Conductor

Press Release for Release November 10, 2017 TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus presents MESSIAH Dec. 9-23, 2017

TOCCATA – Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus announces its 12th annual production of HANDEL’s MESSIAH with performances in five distinct locations. The Reno-Tahoe-Truckee-Gardnerville communities continue enjoying the wonderful holiday tradition of TOCCATA’s Messiah production.

Messiah was first performed in Dublin, Ireland on March 23, 1742 and was conducted by its composer. It continues to be a masterpiece that has left audiences in awe for 275 years. The TOCCATA production is a celebration of the holidays and includes not only favorite selections from Messiah Parts One and Three, but also seasonal carols that the audience will be most welcome to join in singing.

The first performance is Saturday, December 9 at 3:00 pm at Cornerstone Church in Incline Village, (300 Country Club Drive). Other performances are Sunday, December 10 at 3:00pm at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in South Reno, (100 Bishop Manogue Drive/ 775-851-1874), on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7pm at the Douglas County Community Services Center in Gardnerville, (1329 Waterloo Lane.), and on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3:30pm St. Theresa Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe, (1041 Lyons Ave./530-544-3533).

The final presentation will be Saturday, December 23 in the Squaw Valley's Olympic Village Lodge, which will be elaborately & festively decorated for the holiday tradition of Merry Days & Holly Nights. The evening begins at 5:00PM with a hosted Pre-Show Reception and continues with performance commencement at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $60.00 for the show only with general seating; $80 for the reception, show, and select seating. More information & tickets are available at

http://squawalpine.com/ events-things-do/toccata- tahoe-symphony-presents- handel-messiah

The Messiah series marks the completion of TOCCA T A ’ s 12th Season. Joining the TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for this production are Joy Strotz, Maria Arrigotti, Anne Davidson and Becky Earl sopranos; Jenna Sims, mezzo soprano, Brad Perry and Robert Bousquet, tenors, and Stuart Duke, Emzy Burroughs and Chris Nelson, baritones. The TOCCATA Chamber Orchestra features Brian Fox and Jeff Lindhorst as concertmasters; David Brock, Katie Lauder and Nick Haines as continuo; and William Cates on Baroque trumpet. All performances will be conducted by Maestro James Rawie.

Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the concert, or online at www.ToccataTahoe.com. General admission to all concerts is $30 adults, and preferred seating is $40 and $15 for youth/students. Seniors enjoy a $5 discount. Students 18-23 are $5, and under 18 enters free.

For information or preferred seating, call 775-313-9697. Visit TOCCATA at www.ToccataTahoe.com, or email at ToccataTahoe@gmail.com.

TOCCATA’s 13th Summer MusicFest continues January 5-15 with BRRRoque Masters.