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Release Date: November 6, 2006

ASU Choir to Perform ‘Messiah’ Highlights, Holiday Favorites Nov. 21

The Angelo State University Choir with orchestra will present a special holiday concert of selections from Frederic Handel’s magnificent oratorio “Messiah,” as well as a variety of Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites, Tuesday, Nov. 21, at First Baptist Church of San Angelo.

The 75-minute concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 37 E. Harris, in downtown San Angelo. The performance is open free to the public.

 “Messiah ,” the most popular oratorio ever written, represents the climax of Handel’s brilliant musical career. Composed in just 24 days of concentrated, uninterrupted effort, the work is divided into three parts. Part I establishes God’s plan to redeem the world through a Savior and presents the story of the Nativity. The theme of Part II is the victory of Christ over sin and the perpetuation of His kingdom on earth. Part III concerns God’s promise of redemption, resurrection and eternal life.

ASU’s performance will include the majority of Part I, through “Rejoice Greatly, O Daughters of Jerusalem,” and excerpts from Part II, including “Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” and Part III, including “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” and “Worthy is the Lamb.”

Also planned are Mack Wilberg’s stunning arrangements of several Thanksgiving hymns, including “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.” John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth” and Donald McCullough’s setting of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” will round out the program.

ASU faculty soloists will include Dr. Christine Buckstead, soprano; Dr. Kevin Lambert, tenor; Dr. Scott Raines, baritone; and Dr. John Irish, trumpet. Acclaimed Austin soprano Janeene Williams will present the crowning aria of the work, “Rejoice, Greatly.”

The performance will be conducted by Dr. Pamela Lee, Angelo State’s Director of Choral Activities. KCSA-FM 95.7 will broadcast the Concert live.

For more information, contact the Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, Ext. 221.

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