Classical music review

Seraphic Fire gives rousing account of truncated ‘Messiah’

Standout soloist: Tenor Steven Soph.
Standout soloist: Tenor Steven Soph.

If you go

Seraphic Fire performs Handel's Messiah at 8 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way, Coral Gables. Tickets are $65;, 866-811-4111. A Sunday afternoon performance in Fort Lauderdale is sold out.

South Florida Classical Review

Seraphic Fire shortened an 18th-century oratorio to suit 21st-century attention spans as the chorus opened its Christmas season series of performances of Handel's Messiah Friday night.

Solo numbers in particular were removed, with about half of Part II and most of Part III missing, exacting a cost in this Messiah’s cumulative weight and breadth. But what remained was performed with style, a warm tonal sheen and rhythmic drive, giving a rousing account of this setting of texts from the King James Bible and Book of Common Prayer.

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