Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
December 19, 2013
The Yadkin Community Chorus celebrated a decade of performing selections from “Messiah” Sunday.
Yadkin’s chorus is a collection of performers from multiple denominations and a range of prior experience. Members ranging from beginners to experts are encouraged to participate, with practice beginning in October each year.
On the third Sunday in December, the group performs portions of George Frideric Handel’s musical composition, complete with solo presentations, a choir and instrumental accompaniment.
Handel’s musical combines text from the King James Version of the Bible with psalms from the Anglican Book of Prayer. Through the music the audience is introduced to the life of Jesus Christ, beginning with His nativity and on through His death, burial and resurrection.
The performance ends with Jesus’ glorification in Heaven.
The Yadkin version was led by director Dr. Ginger Holt and featured solo performances alongside crowd participation.
At the end of each performance, the audience was welcome to stand and join the chorus in a rendition of “Hallelujah.” The audience inclusion dates back to one of Handel’s showings, when King George II was reportedly so moved by the performance he stood up throughout the final number.
His subjects would have been compelled to do the same, leading to the now traditional standing.
The first performance of “Messiah” was given in Dublin, Ireland, in 1742. Since then, the musical has been performed by a wide variety of performers.
While originally presented as a modest musical, the passing years have seen the performance grow to large-scale productions. In recent years the trend has been to scale back from these changes and bring the musical back to its roots.
The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center hosts the event each year and invited the public to attend free of charge. The performance was given in the center’s theater, with the audience enjoying refreshments afterward in the classroom areas in the front of the building.
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