The community is invited to celebrate the Christmas season by joining the Festival Choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and special guests in a Community singing of Handel’s Messiah on Friday, December 29th at 8pm in the church sanctuary.
Written by George Frideric Handel, the Messiah has become a favorite and familiar Christmas tradition for many. First performed in 1742, the work recounts the story of the life of Jesus as told in the Bible. Often called “timeless and Inspirational” the piece has become one of the worlds most treasured selections.
Andrew Schmidt, Director of Music at St. Luke’s will be the conductor for the program and renowned local organist Brian Bogey will accompany on St. Luke’s spectacular Aeolin Skinner Organ. Soloists for the evening will Marika Koch (soprano), Catherine Way (alto), Mike Nichols (tenor), and Jake Shearer (bass).
“We were quite pleased that last year’s Messiah Sing was such a tremendous success; so much so that we have decided to make it an annual event.” Schmidt says. “The week between Christmas and New Year’s is also the perfect time to host the event, as the presents have been opened and the mess cleaned up, yet the trees are still lit. Handel’s beautiful music helps us all to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, and to continue our celebration of the season, which continues until Epiphany.”
The program will include all of Part 1, often called the “Christmas portion” of the piece, as well as the Hallelujah Chorus and the concluding Amen. Scores will be provided, although singers who have their own score are invited to bring them. Guests are welcome to sing along or to just come and listen to the music. Singers are asked to arrive at the church by 7pm to receive seating assignments and attend a short rehearsal.
The performance is free to the public – both singers and audience members – and will be followed by a short reception.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Corner of Fourth and Main, Jamestown. For more information about the Messiah sing or other programs at St. Luke’s call the church office at 716-483-6405.