River Road Church Chancel Choir with Orchestra
Messiah, Advent and Christmas portions
Sunday, December 16, 2018
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
The Music of Handel
River Road Church celebrates advent with its biennial performance of Handel’s Messiah, Part the First. This special event is part of the church’s acclaimed E. Carl Freeman Concert Series, a Richmond music tradition since 1970. Messiah showcases the voices of River Road Church’s Chancel Choir under the direction of Dr. Robert Gallagher, Minister of Music. The orchestra and Dr. Gallagher will also perform the famous Organ Concerto in B flat major, Opus 4, No. 6, a piece that Handel wrote for organ or harp.
Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742. After a modest public reception, Messiah gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.
Free parking across River Road and behind the church
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