On Sunday, December 3, 2006, The Sarasota Choral Society presented its 62nd consecutive annual performance of the Christmas portion of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah: A Sacred Oratorio at Church of the Palms Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida. Led by Artistic Director Deidre Reigel, the event featured soloists Jeanette LaVoy, soprano; Lisa Wittman, alto; Harv Wileman, tenor; and Colman Reaboi, bass; with an orchestra consisting of key players from the Sarasota Pops Orchestra, Elena Pierini on the organ, and an 84-member chorus.
The performance began with a piano prelude performed by Elena Pierini. Several new pieces were added to the program this year: the Choruses “Behold the Lamb of God”, and “Let all of the angels of God worship Him”, the Recitative “Behold, I tell you a mystery” and Air “The trumpet shall sound” for bass, and a surprise addition of the tenor Recitative “Unto which of the angels said He”. “The trumpet shall sound” and “Hallelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth” featured antiphonal trumpets in the balcony on each side of the chancel stage.
The sanctuary at Church of the Palms provided a wonderful setting for the presentation of this magnificent work of sacred music. All in attendance found the acoustics superb and the music uplifting and moving. Many thanks to all who helped make this event so successful.
A Note from the President
We are so glad you could join us as we present Sarasota’s traditional kick-off to the Holiday Season. We will transport you to a place and time where war and unrest ruled the day and peace was elusive. Where traditional ways of life were forcibly changed, hope was fleeting, and personal freedoms were being eroded away. Yet, a new light and hope was born unto the world. One that brought joy and took away the fear and despair from any who were willing to embrace Him. One willing to carry the burdens of the world on his shoulders and pay the ultimate price to redeem even the meanest and smallest of us.
As you listen and watch, release all of your worries and burdens and enfold yourself in the real celebration of this Christmas season through the experience of this timeless and meaningful sacred music, for “His yoke is easy and His burden is light”.
On behalf of all of the members of The Sarasota Choral Society, may this performance bring at the least an enjoyment of beautiful classical music, but may it also help you find solace from the burdens of life; and peace, comfort and joy throughout the future.
God bless and Merry Christmas to you all,
Vince A. Vance, President