December always brings a full slate of "Messiahs" to the Wasatch Front, and Utah Voices a relative newcomer to the state's choral scene made a noteworthy contribution to the ranks this year.
The 166-voice volunteer choir was founded in summer 2009; over this past Thanksgiving weekend, about half its members participated in a large-forces performance of the Handel oratorio in New York's Carnegie Hall. This head start resulted in generally well-polished performances of the oratorio's soaring choruses on Monday; the singers of Utah Voices followed conductor Michael Huff attentively, with only one miscue to speak of. All through the evening, from a buoyant reading of "And the Glory of the Lord" until the final "Amen," they sang with spirit and conviction.
Monday's performance in Libby Gardner Concert Hall was an interesting mix of old and new performance practices. A chamber-size pickup orchestra accompanied the large-ish chorus; Huff did an expert job keeping the forces balanced.