This year, as for the past 81 years, cities in Sanpete county have come together to perform Messiah, a well-known series of songs of worship and praise written by George Frideric Handel.
Messiah, most known for the legendary “Hallelujah Chorus,” was originally composed in 1741. It was first performed in Dublin, then received a premiere in London about a year later. It gained popularity from there, and now is known in almost every part of the world.
For some members of the chorus and orchestra, this is the only event in music in which they get to participate all year. “I enjoy playing [the clarinet], and I wish I could play it more,” said Dr. Larry Smith, physics professor at Snow. “The past few years I’ve pulled it out when rehearsals start, then put it away after the performance.”
Students, as well as community members, have also been asked to perform in this composition. “It’s really neat to be able to sing about Christ and perform with the full orchestra,” said Rebekah Nelson, a soloist in this year’s production. “Not only is this a great way to celebrate the season, but it’s a great opportunity to get cultured and experience classical and baroque music.”
“I find that I listen to different types of music when I study to avoid stressing out,” said Miriam Price, a freshman at Snow. “This type of music being performed right before finals week is a good chance to destress.”
“Most years we’ve been packed,” said Smith. “We have great community support.”
Messiah will be performed in the Jorgenson Concert Hall in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free for students and general public.