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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Local music lovers are invited to celebrate the Christmas season by joining the Festival Choir of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and special guests in the Third Annual community singing of Handel’s Messiah on Friday, December 28th at 7pm 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 be Marika Koch (soprano), Marianna Mathewson (alto), Ed Coverdale (tenor), and Gavin Card (bass).
“The Community Messiah Sing is a wonderful way to continue to celebrate the season of Christmas after the presents have been opened and the mess is mostly cleaned up. It’s a chance to focus on glorious music and on the spiritual meaning of the holiday after the many other distractions have largely subsided.” says Schmidt. “Singers do not need to be professionals to participate, we welcome everyone, regardless of training or experience. As always, this promises to be a wonderful and uplifting event, and we invite anyone to participate, either as a singer or as an audience member. Please plan to attend and bring a friend!”
The program will include 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 6:00pm for a short rehearsal. Audience members should arrive by 7:00pm.
The performance is free to the public – both singers and audience members – and will be followed by a short reception. St. Luke’s is grateful for the financial support provided by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for this year’s program.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Corner of Fourth and Main, Jamestown. For more information about the Community Messiah Sing or other programs at St. Luke’s, visit the website at www.stlukesjamestown.org or call the church office at 716-483-6405.