In response to overwhelming audience requests, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra announces its second Messiah Sing-Along, which will be Thursday, December 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts, University of West Georgia. The audience can participate in one of two ways, either singing in the chorus or listening to the evening’s thrilling masterpiece by Handel.
Featured Carrollton favorites are soloists are Jane Redding Marrero, soprano, and Larry Frazier, bass.
With the CSO ensemble and soloists onstage, Musical Director Terry Lowry will conduct them and the chorus in the Christmas section and the Hallelujah chorus.
Lowry emphasizes “the pleasure factor of performing a masterwork like the Messiah. Many people sang it in high school or college and many people have sung it in church or community choirs. I want people to understand that they will be part of a large, mass choir and that the main point of the evening is to provide a wonderful experience for the singers. In a way, the CSO is providing a service to singers who would love the opportunity to sing the Messiah with an orchestra.”
He went on to stress that even if someone has not sung the work in decades, he wants “everyone who would like to sing it to come join the chorus. This is sort of a tough sell for me, as I have a hard time understanding the reticence that people have regarding music. It’s just music. If someone makes a mistake, nobody will get hurt!”
For those who would like to brush up on the music, there will be rehearsals scheduled in the choir room, room 301 of the Humanities Building at the University of West Georgia, from 10:00 a.m. until noon on the Saturdays leading up to the performance. Specific dates will be announced closer to the concert.
These rehearsals are optional. Singers may attend all or any of the rehearsals in preparation for the Messiah Sing-Along, or they may just show up for the performance on December 17 and participate.
Singers may bring their own music, or borrow one of the CSO’s scores. For additional information, see the Carroll Symphony Orchestra’s facebook page.