- May 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm #516254Marie Grass AmentaModerator
I have a question from a friend in the symphony world about DIY Messiahs. I have often been the *choral conductor for the masses* for various DIY Messiahs and he thought I would know the answer. I don’t!
He is wondering, if you are doing a DIY Messiah in December and you want to maximize participants–both singers and listeners–what movements would you do? Part I plus Hallelujah? Part I and the greatest hits from Part II and Part III? The whole thing (with the usual editings)?
Coming at it from the orchestra side, he is worrying about attracting audience and not really the singers/participants. He thinks if you just do the seven choruses (Part I choruses and Hallelujah) plus the recits and arias, listeners won’t be as interested. It’s been my experience, there are usually PLENTY of singers and not a lot of audience. Since you would probably charge the singers/listeners the same price for the tickets, I don’t see the problem!
Has anyone had experience with this, one way or another? If there are more movements to sing, do more people buy tickets or does it matter?
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