Music Reviews and Commentary
Washington Examiner's review of the 2011 performance of Messiah:
"A performance like the one led by Dr. J. Owen Burdick and the Choir and Baroque Ensemble of Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes would turn any skeptic around about the power of the grand oratorio. Thoughtful performances such as Sunday’s performance by Burdick and his fine ensemble revealed a new perspective to the work, through fresh lenses. The church was full for the anticipated presentation and it was also a ‘debut’ sort to speak for Burdick. Arriving to D. C. in 2008, the distinguished music director came quietly with little fanfare. Sunday’s performance under his direction was only a foretaste of his impact on the D. C. Baroque music scene.
"Burdick not only shaped the phrases for the choir, but was magnificent in his gestures, very precisely conducting the same nuance to the ensemble that he wanted from the choir
"The choir never failed to impress. Just when it was thought that the same old interpretation of the choruses would be heard, a fresh nuance was pointed out.
"Well thought out performances of this work, like this presentation by the Choir of Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes is what the community needs to keep the freshness and vitality of Handel’s Messiah alive and vibrant."
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