Friday, December 15, 2017

Concert Weekend is Almost Here

Tomorrow and Sunday, I'll be performing Händel's Messiah for the 25th and 26th time with my choir, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. We're getting some great attention in anticipation of our concerts:
You can learn a lot more about Händel and Messiah at a pre-concert talk before Sunday's performance.

And you just might leave the performance happier than when you went in: in psychological research on the effect of mood, we usually play clips of music that reliably put people in either a good or bad mood. One frequently used song to put people in a good mood comes from Händel's Messiah - the Pastoral Symphony, also known as the Pifa, which sets the scene of the shepherds in the field who are about to be visited by angels:

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