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Concert to be held on Easter Sunday, April 9

Community Ensemble Britta Covert–

  On Sunday, April 9 at 3 PM, a community choir and chamber orchestra will perform selections from Handel’s Messiah at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1031 S Norma St. Many of the singers performed in the local Messiah concerts in Winter 2021 and Spring 2022. This concert will cover 26 movements, including choral, solo vocal, and instrumental numbers. This will be the first of the concerts to incorporate all previously performed choral selections with live orchestral musicians.

George Frideric Handel’s classic 1742 oratorio Messiah has long been associated with Christmas. Still, selections such as “For unto us a child is born” are actually only the beginning of a work that spans the life of Jesus and his significance in Christianity. Much of the text is focused on his biblical death and resurrection, making it relevant to the Easter season as well. Even the iconic “Hallelujah” chorus is several sections before the grand finale – “Worthy is the lamb that was slain/Amen,” which will be performed in its entirety on the 9th.

Jordan Covert, the local music teacher and composer is organizing and conducting the ensemble, which is entering its final two weeks of rehearsals. While the group is not associated with any one church, the LDS church on South Norma has once again offered its space for the performance. The concert will have about 75 minutes of music, and admission is free.