Chorale to present Messiah Dec. 8, 9
November 27, 2006
Bryan’s 104-voice Chorale will present George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece Messiah
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Rudd Auditorium. There is no charge for the performance.
Since its premier in 1742, Messiah has become one of the most beloved musical presentations of the story of redemption, including prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, His suffering, death, resurrection and glorification as the “King of kings and Lord of lords.”
“I truly believe Messiah was inspired by God,” Chorale Director Dr. David Luther said. “It is almost impossible for a human being to write a three-hour masterpiece in 24 days, as Handel did. If you take any individual chorus or solo, it would be considered a masterpiece, but to do the whole life of Christ, from the prophecy of life to his birth to His ascension into heaven, it’s amazing.”
The Chorale will present about half the entire oratorio, including 12 of the choruses and many of the solos in a performance that should take about 90 minutes.
Preparing the Chorale has been “a wonderful educational experience.” Most of the students have never sung Messiah, so they are learning the difficult score. “They can sense the greatness of the music,” he said. “When they hear the music and start polishing individual pieces, they fall in love with it.”
Dr. Luther is excited about the performance because of the quality of his Chorale. With 104 members, the largest ever, the ensemble is made up of “very talented young people. We have quality, not just numbers, and a wonderful balance of men and women.”
While he will use two guest soloists, bass Brett Hyberger, and Bryan alumna Kelly Stultz, alto, seven students also will have solo parts. These include sopranos Katie Fridsma, Jennilee Elliott and Emily Cook, seniors; alto Micah Pepper, sophomore; and tenors Ryan Traub, a sophomore, and Daniel Spivey and Daniel Tomyn, seniors.