College, community ready to perform Handel's Messiah

messiah-photoSince 1926, the same year that saw the start of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, members of the community have joined with Marietta College’s faculty, staff and students to present Handel’s Messiah.

Now entering the 86th year of this Mid-Ohio Valley tradition, the music department is preparing to present our 159th performance at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, in St. Mary Catholic Church, 506 Fourth St., Marietta, Ohio. This annual event is organized and sponsored by the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music at Marietta College. The concert is free and open to the public.

The performance features a professional orchestra, four professional soloists and one student soloist; soprano Jean Couchie Burnquist, alto Amy Yekel, tenor Ray Bauwens, bass Douglas Anderson, and soprano Nicole Furtoran '12 , under the direction of Dr. Daniel Monek, Professor of Music at Marietta College.

Messiah is possibly one of George Frideric Handel's most well-known compositions. He composed the music to Charles Jennens' Biblical libretto in just 24 days.” says Monek. A reviewer of Messiah's 1742 debut wrote, "The sublime, the grand, and the tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestic and moving words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished heart and ear."

For more information, please contact the department of music at (740) 376-4696.

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