Middle Tennessee State University’s Schola Cantorum and Choral Society proudly invited members of the community to join them in their 33rd annual performance of Handel’s Messiah on Monday, Nov.27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The show was conducted by Raphael Bundage, Director of Choral activities and opera at MTSU. He was accompanied by Joseph Walker and featured guest soloist, John Kramar.
According to www.smithsonian.com, George Frideric Handel, famous English composer born in Germany, production of the Messiah took place on April 13, 1742. Two hundred and fifty years later, this piece has made a lasting impression on each generation, so much so that society has incorporated it into our Christmas culture. When Handel wrote the oratorio, he originally wrote it as an offering for Easter Sunday. Crowds were left in awe after hearing the powerful voices collaborate together, leaving them with mesmerized reactions. Jonathan Kendall, the author of The Glorious History of Handel’s Messiah, quotes the director of the London Handel Orchestra, Laurence Cummings. He expresses how the choir’s powerful message leave a positive impression. “The chorus propels the work forward with great emotional impact and uplifting messages.”
The performance was held at First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The Cantorum and Choir began the show by singing Handel’s Messiah, followed by the Overture which consisted of 25 songs, including the grand finale of everybody singing Hallelujah. Fifth-year senior Collin Peterson, 24, Vocal Performance major at MTSU, sang in the show and he says he is pleased with tonight’s performance. “I think tonight went absolutely great, this is one of the best ensembles we’ve had in years. Each section, each vocal section, you know soprano, alto, tenor, bass had a really, really full sound. Individually we weren’t lacking in any sections which sometimes, some years’ recruitment is just a little down in some sections, but yea I think tonight went really really well.”
If you are interested in getting involved with MTSU’s School of Music, you can visit their website and check out the ensembles offered at www.mtsu.edu, or contact the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Karen Petersen.