Jonesboro First United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Gather - Grow - Give - Go... with Gratitude!
Welcome to Jonesboro First UMC!
Our Chancel Choir, directed by Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller and accompanied by Sandee Edmondson, will present Part I (the Christmas portion) of George Frideric Handel's 1742 oratorio,
Messiah, at 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11. The Chancel Choir
will be joined by a string ensemble from Clayton State University and by baritone Jacob Augsten, who appeared in the Atlanta Opera's recent production of Silent Night and was for several years a staff singer at Peachtree Road UMC; he currently teaches music in the Clayton County school system. Other soloists, following Handel's own custom, will be drawn from the choir.
Messiah was premiered as a charity concert for indebted prisoners on April 13, 1742 in Dublin (raising enough money to redeem 142 of them) and became the first work in the history of western music never to fall out of the repertoire between its premiere and the present day; it is still going strong after 274 years. It was intended, by its composer, to be an Eastertide work, but in North America presenting Messiah (either in total or only the first of its three acts) has become an Advent tradition. Come be a part of that tradition and hear the prediction of the prophets and the proclamation of the angels through Handel's familiar yet always wondrous music. Bring someone with you. This will be a spiritual highlight of the season. We are so appreciative of our choir!
Sunday Worship Times: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.