Messiah performance is April 13

Messiah performance is April 13 The Yankton Area Community Choir will be performing G.F. Handel's The Messiah on April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Yankton Middle School Gymnasium. According to Kim Conlin, director, the performance will be the first by a volunteer community group since 1992 when the oratorio was directed by the late Clarence "Bud" Carson.

Approximately 60 singers from the greater Yankton area will perform 11 of the choruses of the oratorio, interspersed with recitatives and arias by soloists. Conlin stated that the performance will be approximately an hour of music selected from the complete work.

The performance is being sponsored by the Yankton Ministerial Association and is funded in part by the Vivian Harvey Auld Memorial Fund. A free-will offering will be taken which has been designated for the Contact Center of Yankton. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will provide matching funds up to $800.

In comments about the performance, Conlin mentioned that it is appropriate to do this during the Easter season, since The Messiah was first performed in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742, with Handel himself conducting. Since it was composed to be sung by church choirs, the work has enjoyed popularity with volunteer, non-professional groups.

Handel composed the piece to represent a musical illustration of the foundations of Christianity, paralleling the prophecy of Christ's coming, His birth, death and resurrection.

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