If you’re one of those people who feels the holiday season isn’t complete without soaring music in opulent surroundings, we’ve got just the ticket. Handel’s Messiah, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Providence Singers, is at the VETS on December 14.
Full professional performances of the Messiah aren’t all that easy to come by, as it takes a full orchestra and a full choir. In this case, it’s a one-night only affair, with Artistic Director Christine Noel leading soloists Andriana Churchman (soprano), Marion Newman (alto), Isaiah Bell (tenor) and Gregory Dahl (bass) and the RI Phil through the two-hour masterpiece.
Speaking of masterpieces, the VETS itself is the perfect holiday venue. Right across from the State Capitol and adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel (a good choice if you’re looking to stay over), it’s an opulent performance hall that was planned by the Rhode Island Freemasons in the late 20s, completed after the Depression, and completely refurbed in 2011. It hosts an eclectic group of mostly one-night-only engagements, including a Hip Hop Nutcracker (December 28) and comedienne Paula Poundstone (January 18). Messiah is December 14 at 7 pm only; tickets run from to $15 to $119 and can be purchased at riphil.org only.