Information for Chorus and Orchestra
From a recent DVD cover, “Discovered at age nine and a celebrated composer by age eighteen, George Frideric Handel experienced a meteoric rise to success, with forty-two operas performed on three continents in his lifetime. As enduring as Handel’s operatic work is, the prodigious German genius is best known for his oratorio MESSIAH.”
Isn’t it amazing that we still perform this piece with wonder and worship, artistic integrity and emotional commitment? I think it is a credit to the genius of the librettist, Jennens, and Handel—music that transcends time and style and genre—incredible! I am convinced it also speaks to the deep need of humans to know their Messiah.
Come sing with us at Orchard Lake Church as we prepare our bi-annual Messiah performances! Please invite a friend to share in the rehearsals and performances.
Bruce j. Snyder
Director of Music Ministries
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule
Wednesdays, October 10 through November 14 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Monday, November 19 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday, November 26 7:00pm - 9:30pm Soloists with Orchestra
Wednesday, November 28 7:00pm - 10:00pm Final rehearsal with Orchestra
Friday, November 30 PERFORMANCE 6:30pm call, 7:30pm performance
Sunday, December 2 PERFORMANCE 3:30pm call, 4:00pm performance
We will be using the Watkins-Shaw edition of the score published by Novello. Every singer must use this edition. Books will be available for purchase, at cost ($10), at the first rehearsal.
We will audition for voluntary solo positions, as well as using paid soloists.
Auditions will be on Sunday, October 14th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Orchard Lake Church. Please consider trying out! Auditions will be brief, no more than 10 minutes each. Please call our church office (248-682-0730) by Wednesday, October 10th to make your appointment. Remember that the rehearsal for soloists with the orchestra is Monday, November 26th.