Local Church Presents Handel's "Messiah"

POSTED BY: WHIZ Reporter
Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 10:23 PM
James McLaughlin on Handel's Messiah

The sights and sounds of the holiday season continue in Zanesville.

The eighty-second annual presentation of Handel's, "Messiah" played Sunday at the Central Trinity Church on South 7th street, featuring the Zanesville Civic Corus and Orchestra.

Conductor, James McLaughlin said Handel's, "Messiah" tells a story that bridges the gap between other religious holidays.

"It started really at the easter season, in it's first performance in Dublin, Ireland around 1789." Said McLaughlin.  "But, it tells the whole story of Christ , and has the Christmas, the Lent and the Easter Resurrection story."  "For this group this is a wonderful pilgrimage preparing them for Christmas."

Sunday's concert was over two months in the making, and cost around $8,000 to put on. After 82 performances of the same show, McLaughlin says it's important to change the show, in order to accommodate different singers and to keep Handel's, "Messiah" interesting for everyone.

"We don't do the exact total work each year, we alternate some chorus with soloist, depends on who the soloists are," McLaughlin said.

He says since the concert has been completely funded by private, and benefactor donations, for the last ten years.  Collections taken from Sunday's performance will go to Christ's Table.


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