George Friderich Handel’s great oratorio, “Messiah,” will be presented Sunday, December 4 at Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City. There will be two performances - at 3:00 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. “Messiah” will be directed by Jonathan Steel, Music Minister at Sierra Presbyterian. The 75 voice community chorus and 17 piece orchestra comes from all over Nevada County and soloists are chosen from among members of the chorus. Toon Vandevorst will be at the harpsichord.
Although it is greatly anticipated during the Christmas season, “Messiah” is not really a Christmas oratorio. It was first performed in April of 1742. Handel’s settings of the texts from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible were completed in 23 days. The scriptures were chosen by his friend, Charles Jennens. In that vein, Steel has chosen excerpts from all three parts of “Messiah” to present a more complete story, which includes the prophecies and narrations of Jesus’ birth, His life, His death, and His resurrection, and finally the hope of the resurrection to come.
Sierra Presbyterian is located at 175 Ridge Road near the corner of Nevada City Hwy.
For more information, contact the church at 265-3291.