MSO Chorus presents Handel’s MessiahBy
Handel’s Messiah Oratorio for the Easter Season will be presented by the Meridian Symphony Chorus on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Highland Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. Singers and orchestra will be conducted by Dr. Bob Hermetz, assisted by organist David Benson. The MSO Chorus will be joined by the Columbus Choral Society conducted by Doug Browning. Soloists will be Heather Clancey, mezzo-soprano, Diane Key, soprano, Chris O’Rear, bass, and Bob Hermetz, tenor.
Messiah presents the Easter Passion story through glorious choruses and solos, including “Behold the Lamb of God”, “Hallelujah” and “Worth is the Lamb Who was Slain”, among others. Text for Messiah is in English and is entirely Biblical, foretelling the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. It is the most popular and frequently performed oratorio by any composer. What is perhaps more remarkable is that Messiah was composed in the short span of twenty four days, from August 22 to September 14, 1742! This Easter offering burst onto the stage of the Musick Hall in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1743.
Meridianites will hear this profound oratorio on April 11, 2010, nearly two-hundred and sixty-seven years later. There will be no admission charged, however, a free-will offering will be takes. Highland Baptist Church is located in north Meridian at 3400 27th Street.