The Messiah performance is March 20

The Messiah performance is March 20 The Yankton Area Community Choir will be performing G. F. Handel's The Messiah on Palm Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in the Yankton Middle School Gymnasium, 2000 Mulberry. Kim Conlin, vocal and instrumental director for grades 4 through 12 at the Wynot (NE) Public Schools, is director of the choir. Accompanist is Shar Hochstein, K-12 guidance counselor for the Wynot Public Schools.

Conlin said approximately 50 singers from the greater Yankton area will perform 10 of the choruses from the oratorio, interspersed with recitatives and arias by soloists. Singers include high school and college students, church choir members from a large number of area churches and many who have had previous experience singing the oratorio. Conlin added that the performance would be about 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. The First United Methodist Church of Yankton is the host church for the Sunday rehearsals.

No admission is being charged. A free-will offering will be taken. After expenses the balance of the offering will be given to the Contact Center of Yankton with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Supplemental Funding adding $400.

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 conducting. Since it was composed to be sung by church choirs, the work has enjoyed popularity with volunteer, non-professional groups.

Handel composed the work 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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