Excitement is running high following last night's first rehearsal of Handel's "Messiah" for our Christmas concert dates of December 4th and 5th.
Accompanied by violins, we will be performing the first two sections of the Oratorio, including the Recitatives and Arias, with the chorus singing "And the Glory of the Lord," "And He Shall Purify," "O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion," "For Unto Us A Child is Born," "Glory to God," "His Yoke Is Easy," and concluding with "Hallelujah."
Rehearsals are Monday evenings, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, at Alpine Chapel, under the direction of Nick Juknelis.
An oratorio is a sacred story set to music, essentially an opera without costumes or sets.
We are a non-audition chorus, with membership open to all who are interested. The group is sponsored by Lake Zurich Parks and Recreation but you do not have to live in Lake Zurich to join. For soloists interested in performing a recitative or aria, auditions will be held October 8th. The cost to enroll is $45.