The combined choirs assembled for the final rehearsal with orchestra on Thursday evening prior to the Friday night program in Clinton shows promise of an outstanding MESSIAH presentation. The combined community and Lander University Singers choirs, over 150 singers with full orchestra, assembled in the Clinton First Baptist Church to finalize the next night’s concert. The choirs have individually been rehearsing Handel’s MESSIAH since early September. The final evening of the two-week combined rehearsals added the orchestra and soloists for the final preparations last night. It was a magnificent experience for the participants and a promise for all attending.
Tomorrow night’s program (Friday, November 20) in Clinton’s First Baptist Church, will be the first of two concerts this weekend by the groups lead by Dr. Marion Smith of the Greenwood Festival Chorale and Dr. Chuck Neufield of the Laurens County Chorale and the Lander University Singers. The Greenwood performance will be the following Sunday at 3:00 pm in the Lander University Josephine Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. The Clinton First Baptist Church agreed to host the event in Clinton on Friday evening at 7:30 pm and the usual Greenwood 700 seat auditorium on the Lander University will host the Greenwood Festival Chorale event on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm. The Greenwood Baptist Church Choir was the fourth sponsoring participant in this combined event.
Pictures below were taken during the Thursday evening “dress rehearsal” with orchestra. The limited choir space for this number of participants is an obvious challenge. Participants and audience will be treated to an awesome event of “magnificent and stirring” baroque music telling the Christmas and Easter story of the MESSIAH written by George Frederick Handel, a German-born composer of the 18th century. The two concerts are nearing “sold-out” status with advanced tickets in short supply. A few tickets at the door will be available the nights of the concerts.