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You are the “Messiah”

Published on December 5, 2017 2:49PM

Last changed on December 5, 2017 3:15PM

The Monday Musical Club of Tillamook will present Handel’s “Messiah” in a new way on Monday, Dec. 11, with a singalong performance that puts the audience at the heart of the action.

“There’s no chorus,” said concert conductor Adam Schwend. “The audience is the chorus.”

Schwend is the conductor of the Midway Chorus & Orchestra, which presents “Messiah” in Tillamook and Lincoln City every even-numbered year.

“I’ve had a lot of community members mention how they wish they had the time to sing with us, because they love the work so much,” he said. “This is an opportunity for everyone to come and sing without having to attend any rehearsals or multiple performances. It’s much less formal and the only time commitment is the 90 minutes of the program.”

While the audience sings the choruses, soloists will sing the numerous solo movements found in Part One of the work, giving everyone an opportunity to enjoy listening as well as singing.

“If you want to just come and listen, that’s okay too,” Schwend said.

The performance will begin at 7 pm at the Tillamook Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2610 1st Street.

Admission is free, although donations will be accepted and will go towards the work of the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook. Extra scores will be available to borrow, but due to the limited number anyone who has a copy of “Messiah” is encouraged to bring it along.

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