Advent Choral Concert - Messiah
The Cultural Events Committee at First Church proudly presents Messiah on a grand scale as we conclude our celebration of the Music Series' 40th anniversary year with our church's annual Advent Choral Concert. The 180-voice combined Chancel Choir and Masterwork Chorale, Vocal Quartet, members and friends of the San Diego Symphony, Jeff Thayer, concertmaster, and Robert Plimpton, organist, all under the direction of Stanley M. Wicks.
by George F. Handel
Sunday, December 8, 7 PM—Sanctuary
Monday, December 9, 7 PM—Sanctuary
• Rebecca Basilio, Soprano
• Patricia McAfee, mezzo-soprano
• Christopher Stephens, bass-baritone
• Richard Geiler, tenor
• Orchestra and Organ
A free-will offering will be received.
About Handel's Messiah
It is, by far, the most beloved and often-performed major oratorio. Due to its powerful message of God's revelation of himself to us through Jesus Christ and the way Handel sets the libretto in dramatic Baroque style, it has stood the test of time to be regarded as one of the greatest works of Western art. Over the centuries, since it's 1742 world premiere in Dublin, Ireland, it has been performed around the world in concert halls and churches, by professionals and amateurs, by small choral and instrumental ensembles to very large performing forces.