A Seasonal Favorite: Handel’s Messiah

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This week we are very proud to present to our listeners the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, conducted by Gary Caldwell, as they perform selections from Handel’s Messiah.

Performed selections are:

Overture – Orchestra

Comfort Ye My People – Kelton Brooks, tenor

Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted – Kelton Brooks, tenor

And the Glory of the Lord – Chorale

Thus Saith the Lord – Jacob Pohlsander, bass

But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming – Jacob Pohlsander, bass

Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive – Joslyn Cook, mezzo

O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion – Joslyn Cook, mezzo

For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth – Rick Pickett, bass

The People That Walked in Darkness – Rick Pickett, bass

For Unto Us a Child is Born – chorale

Pastoral Symphony – orchestra

There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field – Cynthia Coombs, soprano

And Lo, the Angel of the Lord – Cynthia Coombs, soprano

And the Angel Said Unto Them – Cynthia Coombs, soprano

And Suddenly There Was with the Angel – Cynthia Coombs, soprano

Glory to God – chorale

Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion – Jenny Smith, soprano

Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind – Chelsie Pendleton, alto

He Shall Feed His Flock – Chelsie Pendleton, alto

Come Unto Him – Celia Gonzales, soprano

His Yoke is Easy and His Burden is Light – chorale

Behold the Lamb of God – chorale

He Was Despised – Lisa Szymanski, mezzo

Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs -chorale

All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray – chorale

Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart – Nic Chamberlain, tenor

Behold and See If There Be Any Sorrow – Nic Chamberlain, tenor

Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates – chorale

Why Do the Nations? – John Scott, baritone

Hallelujah – chorale, soloists and audience

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth – Stephanie Lister, soprano

Since By Man Came Death – chorale

Behold, I Tell You a Mystery – John Scott, baritone

The Trumpet Shall Sound – John Scott, baritone; Amy Paterson, trumpet

Worthy is the Lamb That Was Slain/Amen – chorale and soloists

Recording/Mixing – Ken Hedgecock

Show Hostess – Sandy Hedgecock

Show sponsor – Hinton-Burdick http://www.hintonburdick.com

(c)Classical Music Discoveries 2010


I enjoy listening to Handel’s Messiah every Christmas, and I wanted to write down a list of titles being performed in the show.

I love hearing the Hallelujah Chorus. Tradition says Queen Elizabeth I was so moved by it that she stood up through its performance. Everyone else in the audience followed suit. Today’s audiences still keep it up.