ASC Music presents holiday favorite, Handel's Messiah

(11-23-2009)

David Schneider directs the Valley Community Chorus.

The much anticipated music event of the season, Handel's Messiah Concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in Richardson Hall Auditorium. The event is presented by the Adams State College Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, Valley Community Chorus, and the ASC Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beth Wagstrom, assistant professor of music.

George Frederick Handel's oratorio, Messiah consists of three sections; the first is the prophesying and birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. The choirs and orchestra will perform the first section in its entirety, with a few selections from the other sections including the Hallelujah Chorus.

Wagstrom said she believes Messiah is enjoyed during the holiday season. "Both the Valley Community Chorus and the orchestra involve mostly community members. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring the college and community together."

The concert will feature Jessica Jackson, soprano, Dr. Christine Keitges, mezzo-soprano, David Schneider, tenor, Mark Wagstrom, bass, and Dr. William Lipke, harpsichord.

Besides conducting the four ensembles, Wagstrom has also been working with the soloists individually. "I am very excited to be involved in this project and am looking forward to the afternoon’s performance. There is so much talent in the community and this is a wonderful way to bring it all together and share it with the audience."

Wagstrom demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of so many of the music faculty and students. In an effort to continue to provide high quality programs and offer students additional financial support to advance their music education, all Messiah proceeds benefit music scholarships.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. A Friends of Music reception will follow the concert, please RSVP if you plan to attend by calling 719-587-7621. Friends of Music who renew at the $100 level, or more, by December 1 will receive two free tickets to Messiah, a $20 value.

Tickets are available in the Music Department's office, call 719-587-7621 for more information.