Selections from Handel's Messiah

Presented by Voices United

Sunday, December 9, 2007
at Christ Community Church, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966

Handel's "Messiah" is one of the best loved and most often performed choral works in music literature. The grandeur of the choruses has inspired singers and audiences for 265 years. "Messiah" was written in only 24 days (a miraculously short time) and first performed in Dublin, Ireland in 1742. Handel's depth of inspiration can best be explained by his own exclamation while composing the "Hallelujah" chorus: "I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself seated on His throne, with his Company of Angels." When Messiah was performed in Westminster Abbey years later, Londoners nearly rioted to get in. King George was so moved when he first heard the "Hallelujah" chorus that he spontaneously stood up -- a tradition that still continues.


Sinfonia (No. 1)
John A. Logan Orchestra

Recitative (No. 2)
Tenor, Tyrell Sparks
Comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Isaiah 40:1-3

Air (No. 3)
Tenor, Tyrell Sparks
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.
Isaiah 40:4

Chorus (No. 4)
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
Isaiah 40:5

Recitative (No. 5)
Bass, Robert Hall
Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Host; yet once a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, the sea, and the dry land, and I will shake all nations, I'll shake the heavens, the earth, the sea, the dry land, all nations I'll shake, and the desire of all nations shall come: the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, ev'n the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.
Haggai 2:6-7, Malachi 3:1

Air (No. 6)
Bass, Robert Hall
But who may abide the day of his coming, and who shall stand when he appeareth? For he like a refiner's fire.
Malachi 3:2

Recitative (No. 8)
Alto, Nancy Fager
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, God with us.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23

Air and Chorus (No. 9)
Alto, Deborah Burroughs
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, behold your God, Arise, shine for thy light has come, and the glory of the lord is risen upon thee.
Isaiah 40:9

Recitative (No. 10)
Bass, Thomas Kupferer. Sr.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to the light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Isaiah 60:2,3

Air (No. 11)
Bass, Thomas Kupferer, Sr.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light, and they dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined!
Isaiah 9:2

Chorus (No. 12)
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Recitative (No. 14, 15, 16)
Soprano, Michelle Marie Rudd
And there were shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy; which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heav'nly host praising God and saying.
Luke 2:8

Chorus (No. 17)
Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will to men.
Luke 2:14

Air (No. 18)
Soprano, Michelle Marie Rudd
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, rejoice greatly; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is the righteous Savior, and he shall speak peace unto the heathen.
Zechariah 9:9,10

Recitative (No. 19)
Alto, Nancy Fager
Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
Isaiah 35:5,6

Air (No. 20)
Alto, Mara Williams
Soprano, Christina Nobel-Oldham
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd and he shall gather the lambs with his arms and carry them in his bosom and gently lead those that are with young.
Isaiah 40:11

Come unto him, all ye that labor, come unto his that are heavy laden, and he will give you rest. Take his yoke upon you and learn of him; for he is meek and lowly of heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 11:28,29

Chorus (No. 24)
Surely he had borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him.
Isaiah 53:4,5

Recitative (No. 47)
Bass, Phillip Burke
Behold, I tell you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
I Corinthians 15:51

Air (No. 48)
Bass, Phillip Burke
The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised, be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
I Corinthians 15:52

Chorus (No. 33)
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts; He is the King of glory.
Psalm 24:7,8

Chorus (No. 46)
Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam, all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
I Corinthians 15:21

Air (No. 45)
Soprano, Michelle Marie Rudd
I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon this earth, and though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.
Job 19:25

Chorus (No. 44)
Hallelujah: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth, Hallelujah. The kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ. And he shall reign forever and ever.
Revelation 19:6; 11:15

Revelation 19:16

Thank you for attending. We hope you enjoyed our presentation.

Director: Leah Sims
Accompanists: Deborah Davis, Marci Garrett
Trumpet: Jered Montgomery
Honored Guests: The John A. Logan Orchestra Conducted by: Anthony Prochaska

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to:

-Christ Community Church, Phil Nordstrom, Senior Pastor
-City of Murphysboro, Ron Williams, Mayor
-First Bank & Trust Murphysboro, Mike Cripps, President/CEO

for their outstanding support.

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