st The community is invited to celebrate the Christmas season by joining the Festival Choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and special guests in their Fourth Annual Community singing of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 29th from 4 to 5pm in the church sanctuary. Attendees are asked to note that the day and time of this event has been changed to Sunday afternoon this year rather than Friday evening as in the past.
This well-loved local event has become a tradition for many in the Jamestown area as a way to keep the season alive during the week between the Christmas holiday and New Year’s celebrations. The performance is free to the public – both singers and audience members.
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.
Ronald McEntire, Minister 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 Victoria McIlvain, Marika Koch, Martha Mathewson, Adam Rohler, and Jake Shearer.
The program will include Part 1, often called the “Christmas portion” of the piece, as well as the Hallelujah Chorus. 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 2:30pm for a brief run through rehearsal if they desire.
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 call the church office at 716-483-6405.