Organ Restoration Benefit Concert
Sunday Dec 2, 2012, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
For the second year, the Choir and Baroque Ensemble of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, conducted by organist and choirmaster J. Owen Burdick, present Handel's Messiah, in a performance to benefit the restoration of the organ.
Join us for a powerful experience of Handel's beloved oratorio, unrivaled in its intimacy and immediacy -- Messiah as it was meant to be heard! Dr. Burdick, a foremost authority, performer, and conductor of this work, will lead the chamber choir and period instrumentalists in a production refined over multiple seasons at Trinity Wall Street and hailed by the New York Times as "the best in New York" and "a Messiah to beat in a season bursting with them!"
All proceeds from this event will assist in the repair of the church's fine pipe organ, which was badly damaged by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the Washington region in August 2011. Originally installed in 2000, the Létourneau organ was silenced when falling stonework caused structural damage to the church's roof, turret spire, and organ loft. Since then, repairs to the church building have been completed, and the organ is in the final stages of restoration.
With your support, we are pleased to present this masterwork to ensure that the musicians of Ascension and Saint Agnes may continue to provide spiritual sustenance and contribute to the musical life of our city.
All concertgoers are cordially invited to a reception in the Parish Hall following the performance.
Transportation and Parking
By car: Street parking is free on Sundays both north and south of Massachusetts Ave., but please be aware of residential parking restrictions and allow yourself ample time to park. Most commercial garages in the area are closed on weekends.
By Metro: The church is a 10-15 minute walk from the McPherson Square, Metro Center, or Mount Vernon Square stations. Metrobus routes that travel 14th St. and two of the Circulator bus lines also stop within 2-3 blocks of the church.
Tickets: A, $75 B, $55 C, $35