Advent & Christmas Choral Concert
Sunday, December 9
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, Part I (Advent & Christmas Sections)

The River Road Chancel Choir will perform with soloists and an orchestra for the annual Advent choral concert.

This concert is part of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series. The concert is free and open to the public, however a freewill offering will be received.


  • Michelle Harman-Gulick, soprano
  • Kara Harman, alto
  • William Dameron, tenor
  • Christopher Lindbloom, bass 

Messiah, Part I

  1. Overture
  2. Recitative – Comfort ye my people
  3. Air – Ev’ry valley shall be exalted
  4. Chorus – And the glory of the Lord
  5. Recitative – Thus sith the Lord
  6. Air – But who may abide the day of his coming?
  7. Chorus – And he shall purify
  8. Recitative – Behold, a virgin shall conceive
  9. Air and Chorus – O thou that tellest good tiding to Zion
  10. Recitative – For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
  11. Air – The people that walked in the darkness
  12. Chorus – For unto us a child is born
  13. Pastoral Symphony
  14. (a) Recitative – There were shepherds abiding in the field
    (b) Recitative – And, lo the angel of the Lord came upon them
  15. Recitative – And the angle sang unto them
  16. Recitative – And suddenly there was with the angel
  17. Chorus – Glory to God
  18. Air – Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
  19. Recitative – Then shall the eyes of the blind
  20. Air – He shall feed his flock
  21. Chorus – His yoke is easy, and his burthen is light
  22. Chorus – Hallelujah