Cameron University's Cameron/Lawton Civic Chorus will join forces with the Lawton Schubert Music Club and Fort Sill's New Post Chapel for the 66th annual presentation of Handel's "Messiah". The performance takes place on Saturday, December 13, 2008, at 8 p.m. at the McMahon Auditorium. Doris Lambert, CU adjunct instructor of music and director of choral music at Fort Sill's New Post Chapel as well as at Lawton Christian School, will conduct the chorus and orchestra for the 22nd consecutive year. Admission is free, although donations are accepted to assist in defraying performance expenses.
"Messiah" is perhaps George Frideric Handel's most well-known composition. He composed the music to Charles Jennens' Biblical libretto in just 24 days. 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."
Performance of this glorious masterpiece became a community tradition in December 1941, when the Lawton Schubert Music Club initiated the first Lawton performance of the famed oratorio shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. "Messiah" has been presented at numerous locations in the community for the past 65 years. In recent years, more than 30 different church congregations have been represented, including singers who are active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Sill.
The work is divided into three parts which address specific events in the life of Christ. Part One is primarily concerned with the Advent and Christmas stories, Part Two chronicles Christ's passion, resurrection, ascension, and the evangelization to the world of the Christian message, and Part Three is based primarily upon the events chronicled in The Revelation to St. John. Lambert has selected portions from each of the three parts. The performance will be approximately one hour in length. A professional orchestra accompanies the volunteer chorus.
For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 580-581-2440.
November 25, 2008