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Chorus to perform famous masterwork by Handel

By Leah Coffman
On December 10, 2012

  • Members of the Kirkwood Concert Chorale rehearse Part One of Handel's Messiah in Ballantyne Auditorium alongside a small orchestra of doctoral candidates in music from University of Iowa. The concert will feature student and instructor soloists, as well as large-scale chorale movements. Photo By Dallas Wilcox

The joyous sound of the "Hallelujah Chorus" will soon fill Ballantyne Auditorium at Kirkwood Community College.  The Kirkwood Concert Chorale will be performing Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The famed oratorio is based on the gospels in the New Testament, using music to depict the life of Christ.

The performance, directed by Ray Salucka, will feature Part One of the work.  Part One is commonly performed during Advent, the four weeks before Christmas in the liturgical calendar, with the addition of the famous "Hallelujah Chorus" from Part Three. 

According to Salucka, soloists for the arias and recitatives were chosen from the students, as well as the Kirkwood voice faculty.  The orchestral accompaniment will be provided by musicians from the University of Iowa and Dr. Martin Cook on harpsichord continuo.

"Messiah", composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741, is considered one of the great masterworks for vocal music.  The opportunity to experience a performance of such a great work is valuable to both listeners and performers alike, according to Salucka.

"It's the most difficult thing I've ever worked on.  I can't wait," said Chance Maynard, physics emphasis.

"If you're really interested in music, coming to see 'Messiah' live is a great way to experience a masterwork," said Jonathon Bowling, music emphasis, and student soloist. 

Maynard agreed. "There's always something missing on a recording.  You lose the moment," he said

The concert is free to Kirkwood students and employees. 

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