Ecumenical ‘Messiah’ coming on Sunday
On Sunday evening, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. all Carson Valley residents are invited to join in a sing-along of portions of George Frideric Handel’s famous oratorio, “The Messiah,” at an ecumenical service jointly presented by St. Gall Catholic Church and Unity Church of Today at the St. Gall Church on Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.
Co-organizers Marian Vassar, Len Frueh and the event’s conductor, Patrick Jolly, have lined up an impressive array of soloists who will perform during the evening.
Piano accompanists will be Linda Hardy and Laura Barrett. Guest trumpeter, James Barrett, will also perform. The Messiah choruses to be performed include: “And the Glory of the Lord,” “And He Shall Purify,” “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” “Glory to God,” “Lift Up Your Heads,” “O Ye Gates,” “Worthy is the Lamb” and, concluding with the mightiest one of all, “The Hallelujah Chorus.”
Soloists will be presenting the following songs: “Comfort Ye My People,” “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted,” “Thus Saith the Lord,” “But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming,” “And the Angel Said Unto Them,” “And Suddenly There Was an Angel,” “Rejoice Greatly O Daughter of Zion,” “He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd,” and “The Trumpet Shall Sound.”
This year marks the sixth presentation of this community sing-along event. In the past, it has always been a fun-filled inspirational evening for everyone. Whether attendees wish to sing or hum along or just listen to the music doesn’t matter. The aim is to enjoy the music and good feeling that always prevails at this event. People having musical scores of “The Messiah” are invited to bring them to share, and if any singers wish to participate as soloists, they are invited to contact Frueh at 265-3304.
There will be no admission charge or collection for the event, but those desiring to attend are urged to come early for this popular evening. Doors will open at 7 p.m. St. Gall Catholic Church, site of the Messiah Sing-Along, is located at 1343 Centerville Lane in Gardnerville.