Long Beach Camerata Singers to Present Handel’s Messiah

Long Beach Camerata Singers rings in the holidays with an annual tradition of Handel’s “Messiah,” led by Camerata Singers’ Artistic Director Rob Istad.

(Long Beach, CA, November 15, 2013) – Long Beach Camerata Singers offers a beautiful afternoon of timeless music to celebrate the joy of the season with Handel’s “Messiah.” Rejoice with radiant trumpets, joyous choruses, and thundering timpani as Long Beach Camerata Singers’ Artistic Director Rob Istad leads the symphony orchestra, Long Beach Camerata Singers, and esteemed vocal soloists Linda Leyrer, soprano; Jane Shim, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Preston, tenor; and Abdiel Gonzales, baritone. “Messiah” takes place on Saturday, December 21st at 3:00 p.m. at Long Beach City College Auditorium, 4901 East Carson Street, in Long Beach. Tickets are $10-$40; for more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.longbeachcameratasingers.org or call (562) 522-1045.

The 80 voice Long Beach-based choir, the Camerata Singers, is the only professional ensemble to present this popular oratorio each year in Long Beach. “This town needed an annual professional performance of Handel’s beloved masterpiece, and I’m glad Rob and the Long Beach Camerata Singers stepped up to provide it,” says Jim Ruggirello of the Long Beach Gazette Newspapers.

“The concert was wonderful with excellent singers, soloists, and orchestra… My husband adds [that] Handel would have been proud,” says a concert go-er of Camerata Singers’ performance of “Messiah” last season.

Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759) and with the libretto by his friend Charles Jennens (1700-1773), the oratorio has continued to captivate audiences since its debut in 1742. When King George III of England heard the “Hallelujah” chorus, he stood in respect, and audiences adopted the tradition of standing whenever the “Hallelujah” chorus is sung. Today,  “Messiah” is one of the best known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

Handel’s “Messiah” is typically performed during the Christian advent season since strands of direct quotes from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible uniquely tell the story of Jesus Christ’s life and reflect on Jesus Christ as Messiah. The work is much like an opera in that it is divided into three acts. Part I begins with prophecies by Isaiah and others and moves to the annunciation to the shepherds. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion of Christ and ends with the “Hallelujah” chorus. Part III covers the resurrection and Christ’s glorification in Heaven.


Long Beach Camerata Singers (LBCS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, 80-voice choir that has provided Long Beach residents with high-quality choral music for decades.  Currently in its 47th season and under the artistic direction of Robert Istad, Director of Choral Studies at CSU Fullerton and Assistant Director of Pacific Chorale, LBCS presents 8 concerts a year, including a fully-orchestrated performance of Handel’s Messiah and an annual Bach Festival. Repertoire encompasses a wide range of works from the Renaissance to the present. Though its roots are in classical music, more contemporary choral works, jazz, Broadway and popular tunes have been added in recent years to broaden audience appeal.

For more information about LBCS, visit www.longbeachcameratasingers.org or call (562) 522-1045. To stay connected with us, join our social networks at www.facebook.com/cameratasingers or www.twitter.com/lbcamerata.