References to Handel's famed oratorio, "Messiah" abound this time of year. Whether that be "The Hallelujah Chorus" serenading us on commercials, or an excerpt of "For Unto Us a Child is Born" making itself known in our holiday music collection, very often we may find ourself singing along to these familiar choruses. Fortunately there is an opportunity right in Kansas City for amateurs and experts alike to showcase their "Messiah" talents: a "Messiah" singalong, free to the public, is taking place on Saturday, December 12th, at 4:30pm at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kansas City.
This singalong idea was first brought to the attention of John Schaefer, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral's Canon Musician, in 1980. Growing to the full oratorio on the 200th anniversary of Handel's death in 1985, Schaefer says the singalong this year is conducted by Jack Ergo, who has conducted the majority of the singalongs in the past. Solos are performed by Paulette Resch and Jay Carter, as well as David White and Douglas Maag. The instrumental ensemble is comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians, and naturally the choruses are done by the audience. All result in a festive, audience-friendly performance you won't want to miss. If you don't have a score of "Messiah" handy, never fear--scores will be sold at the door, and at-door donations are welcomed.
Depicting the Christian perspective of Jesus, Handel's "Messiah" is one of the greatest musical acheivements of all time. The chance to experience and participat in it is one that must not be missed: join the community for a "Messiah" singalong December 12 at 4:30 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.