‘Messiah’ performance to be at 2:30 p.m. in downtown GJ

The Choral Society Chorus goes through its vocal warm up exercises at a rehearsal on a recent Sunday. The choir will look quite different in its formal robes for its free performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. Photo by Ed Arnos.



The Easter Sunday free performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will feature four professional soloists. Here are some details on each that were provided by Ed Arnos, with The Messiah Choral Society.

• Lisa Jacobson will sing soprano. She is the musical director for Monument Presbyterian Church.

• Debra McVicker will sing alto. McVicker is from Denver and was part of a past High Desert Opera production of “The Sorcerer.”

• Larry Glenn will sing tenor. He is an associated professor of music in Denver University’s school of music and has performed nationally and internationally.

• Chad Reagan will sing bass/baritone. Reagan is from Denver.

For more than 2 1/2 centuries, choirs have sung the passionate story of Christ in celebration of not only his birth, but his death and resurrection as well.

Once again, The Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction will offer its free gift to the community with a seventh performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

Admission is free.

A pre-concert informational program will be offered at 1:45 p.m.

According to a new release from the society, George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” was first performed in 1742 and has become a celebration for many at Easter and Christmas. The English oratorio tells the story of Christ through Bible verses put to music, covering the first prophecy of Christ’s coming to his crucifixion, resurrection and promise of victory over death and sin for humanity.

The concert will feature four professional soloists, the 75-voice Choral Society Chorus directed by James Werner and the Messiah Choral Society Orchestra and a harpsichord.

Go to http://www.mcsgj.org or call 245-4914 for information.


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