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handel’s messiah

Christmas, Things Better Then Ever – Really!

Editorial for December 21, 2018

Christmas, Things
Better Then Ever – Really!

Handel’s “Messiah,” performed every other year by the Voices of Cooperstown at Christ Church – on Saturday, December 15, this was one of those happy years – brings to front of mind the inevitable light and darkness that is part of everyone’s life.
Amid the wailing and gnashing of teeth that has characterized American life since Nov. 8, 2016 – “dumpster fire” has just been added to Merriam Webster – a whole area of scholarship has come to the fore, compiling the facts that prove: The world is actually becoming a better place.

The Freeman’s Journal – The Voices of Coopers town receives a standing ovation at the end of the Saturday, Dec. 15, performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Christ Church.

Here are some of the points Steven Pinker, the Harvard professor and author of “Enlightenment Now,” made in a TED Talk last April:
• For most of human history, life expectancy was around 30 years old worldwide. Today, it is more than 70 years old; and in most developed parts of the world, it’s over 80.

Local Soloists Lachance, Bernegger Wow House Packed For ‘Messiah’

Local Soloists Lachance, Bernegger

Wow House Packed For ‘Messiah’

Audience members who packed Christ Episcopal Church Saturday afternoon for the Voices of Cooperstown's annual Handel's "Messiah" leap to their feet in appreciation, particularly of two local soloists, soprano Joelle Lachance, in the foreground, and tenor Quinn Bernegger, on the far side.  Both are seeking professional careers.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Audience members who packed Christ Episcopal Church Saturday afternoon for the Voices of Cooperstown’s annual Handel’s “Messiah” leap to their feet in appreciation as the final extended “Amen” comes to an end.  Making the performance particularly special were two local soloists, soprano Joelle Lachance, in the foreground, and tenor Quinn Bernegger, on the far side. Both are seeking professional careers. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 17

Fokine Ballet Company Performs ‘The Nutcracker’

NUTCRACKER – 7 p.m. The Fokine Ballet Company’s 29th production of “The Nutcracker.” Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info/Tickets (607)432-6290, deckerschool@hotmail.com

WRITERS PROGRAM – 1:30-3 p.m. Group to host author Shannon Delaney. She will talk about her writing process and journey through publishing. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org

THEATER – 2 p.m. The Farmers Museum presents Charles Dikens’ “A Christmas Carol.” 5775 Rt. 80, Cooperstown. Info, www.farmersmuseum.org/A-Christmas-Carol

CONCERT – 4 p.m. The Voices of Cooperstown to sing “Handel’s Messiah”. Tickets $20 Adult, $10 Child. Christ Episcopal Church, Fair St., Cooperstown. Tickets available at Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown or Riverwood, 88 Main St., Cooperstown or Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, 31 Chestnut St., Cooperstown.

CONCERT – 7:30 p.m.. “Darlingside” performs live at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-1812, info@cooperstownconcertseries.org, cooperstownconcertseries.org/darling.html

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