Messiah (Part 1) by George Frideric Handel
Saturday, December 18, 2021, 4 p.m.
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Composed in 24 days in 1741 by a composer at the height of his powers as a musical dramatist, the oratorio Messiah captured the minds and hearts of audiences from its very first performance. It's since gone on to international acclaim and is perhaps the most often performed classical work throughout the Christmas season. This year, the Spencerville Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra, along with soloists and under the direction of Michael Patterson, will present part 1 of the oratorio.


  1. Overture (instrumental)

  2. Comfort ye my people (tenor)

  3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (air for tenor)

  4. And the glory of the Lord (chorus)

  5. Thus saith the Lord of hosts (accompanied recitative for bass)

  6. But who may abide the day of His coming (bass)

  7. And he shall purify the sons of Levi (chorus)

  8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto)

  9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (air for alto and chorus)

  10. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)

  11. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (bass)

  12. For unto us a child is born (duet chorus)

  13. Pifa ("pastoral symphony": instrumental)

  14. (a) There were shepherds abiding in the fields (secco recitative for soprano)

  15. (b) And lo, the angel of the Lord (accompanied recitative for soprano)

  16. And the angel said unto them (secco recitative for soprano)

  17. And suddenly there was with the angel (accompanied recitative for soprano)

  18. Glory to God in the highest (chorus)

  19. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano)

  20. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (secco recitative for soprano or alto)

  21. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd (alto and/or soprano)