Many of you remember just how successful the Cantata Choir’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah was last year. We presented a few choruses and solos from Part I and sang the famous “Hallelujah Chorus.” If you haven’t heard already, I am very proud to announce that we will be presenting Messiah once again this year! The concert will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 6PM in the First UMC Sanctuary.
Many communities have groups that present Messiah annually and I am very proud that First UMC is leading this initiative in Henderson. After the success of Messiah 2012 and our spring performance of Haydn’s The Creation, we have attracted a lot of interest from community musicians. Our Cantata Choir has grown to roughly 50 singers! We have been practicing since August and the choir is sounding fantastic. Regional professional soloists and an orchestra of about 15 players will join the Cantata Choir for what is sure to be an inspiring performance.
Not only will the choir present selections from Part I (the familiar Christmas section); the choir will also present a few selections from Part II and most of Part III. By presenting Messiah in a more complete fashion, my goal is to accomplish two main objectives: 1.) to place famous movements like the “Hallelujah Chorus” in their intended context; and 2.) to present the whole Christ story and, in doing so, connect the audience with the true evangelical nature of Christmas. My prayer is that this performance will be a reminder that God loves the world so greatly that He sent his Son as a human child to share in the life of humanity that He might show humanity a path to God.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about this year’s performance of Messiah, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would like to thank YOU, our listeners, for your love of music and you support of our church’s musicians.
Grace and peace,
Director of Music Ministries