by Katie Higgins
This weekend, the Washington-Idaho Symphony and the Palouse Choral Society will present a special performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” bringing the the two groups together for the first time since 2012.
The collaboration is the result of new management for both organizations: the society recently acquired a new musical director, Paul Thompson, and the symphony has both a new executive director, Kristin Lincoln, as well as symphony director, Danh Pham.
“Now that there’s a little bit of new blood and some excitement and kind of a new direction, collaboration has become an important factor for both groups,” said Lincoln as to why the two groups decided to work together after more than six years of performing independently.
“Speaking for the symphony, we’ve decided that we’re better together than standing alone, and collaboration with other groups is really the way forward.”
Two performances of the baroque composition, written in 1741, will take place in the historic St. Boniface church in Uniontown.
IF YOU GO
What: Handel’s “Messiah”
When: 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9
Where: St. Boniface Church, 205 S. St. Boniface St., Uniontown
Cost: $25 general admission, $12 youth
Tickets available at the door or online at palousechoralsociety.org.