76th Performance of Handel’s “Messiah”

December 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Heritage Center Theater
105 N 100 E
Cedar City
Utah 84720

Sacred Legacy presents OSU’s 76th “Messiah”

The Orchestra of Southern Utah invites you to usher in the Christmas season with the 76th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Come enjoy this Cedar City holiday tradition completely free of charge! Xun Sun directs this centerpiece of the Christmas season.

Performances are held on December 11th and 12th. The doors open both evenings at 6:45, and the audience is asked to be seated by 7:15, at which time empty seats will be released to those waiting. The performance begins at 7:30.

The performances are funded by the generous sponsorships of the State Bank of Southern Utah and the Leavitt Group and are performed with the volunteer service of the orchestra and choir. As a result, admission is free! Tickets are required and are available at the Heritage Center box office—105 North 100 East in Cedar City during regular business hours. Attendees are encouraged to collect their tickets in advance, as a full house is expected for both performances.

Soloists chosen by audition include Mark O. Leavitt, Jay Merryweather, Ashlee Stoddard Carlile, Brandi Hall, Shannon Birch, Leslie Perkins, Kalina Stokes, Terri Metcalf-Peterson, Debra Stillman, and Jason Clark. Soloist Rylee Dalton is a previous R. L. Halversen youth soloist with OSU.

Handel’s Messiah, written in 1941, tells the story of the Christ in three chapters corresponding to His birth, death, and resurrection. The oratorio takes its audience on an emotional and spiritual journey, inspiring awe with the famous “Hallelujah Chorus,” and ending with a reverent and uplifting series of “amen.”

The first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Cedar City was held on New Year’s Day in 1925. Beginning in 1940, it became an annual winter tradition. Originally performed by Southern Utah University (then called the Branch Agricultural College), the Orchestra of Southern Utah has since taken up the mantle.

Chorale Director Jackie Riddle-Jackson said, “This important work of Oratorio proclaims to all that there is hope and joy and great life giving moments ahead, that is why Messiah still remains a relevant and heralded message of Sacred Legacy.” The community Chorale has been rehearsing since October and includes a wide range of ages and professions.

Children over six are welcome with adult supervision. No babies or younger children please as the performances are recorded.

For more information, please visit www.myosu.org, call the Orchestra of Southern Utah at (435) 233-8213, or email osucedarcity@gmail.com.

Sacred Legacy
“This year in reflection of the word Legacy it has made me think of the amazing history that Cedar City has of sharing “Messiah” with the community in such a way that it has been heard, viewed, and held as the Centerpiece of the Christmas Season.
Bringing the word Sacred to the table adds another dimension and that is when we think of the Sacred Legacy of Messiah and the message of Joy, Peace, Birth, Death, Rebirth and Saving Grace all of those words describe the communication that as a Chorale and Orchestra with a Wholeness brought about not only by devotion of time and energy and most importantly, we bring Unity of Spirit. This important work of Oratorio proclaims to all that there is hope and joy and great life giving moments ahead, that is why Messiah still remains a relevant and heralded message of Sacred Legacy.”
(Jackie Riddle-Jackson, Chorale Director)

Chorus and Solo Selections
No. 1 Overture
No.2 Recitative, 2 Comfort Ye My People
No.3 Air, Every Valley Shall Be Exalted: Tenor, Mark O. Leavitt
No.4 And The Glory of the Lord: Chorus
No.5 Recitative, Thus Saith The Lord
No.6 Air, But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming: Bass Jay Merryweather
No.7 And He Shall Purify: Chorus
No.8 Recitative, Behold! A Virgin Shall Conceive
No.9 Air, O Thou That Tellest: Alto, Chorus, Ashlee Stoddard Carlile
No.12 For Unto Us A Child Is Born: Chorus:
No.13 Pastoral Symphony: Orchestra

No.14 a,b,15,16 Recitative: There Were Shepherds, And Lo The Angel of the Lord Came Upon them, And the Angel Said Unto Them, And Suddenly There Was With the Angel, Soprano, Brandi Hall
No.17 Glory To God: Chorus
No.18 Air, Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion, Soprano, Shannon Birch
No.20 Air, He Shall Feed His Flock, Alto, Rylee Dalton, Air, Come Unto Him, Soprano, Leslie Perkins
No,21 His Yoke Is Easy: Chorus
No.22 Behold The Lamb of God: Chorus
No.23 He Was Despised, Alto, Kalina Stokes
No.25 And With His Stripes, Chorus
No.26 All We Like Sheep, Chorus
No.38 Air, How Beautiful Are the Feet Soprano, Terri Metcalf – Peterson
No.39 Their Sound Is Gone Out: Chorus
No.44 Hallelujah: Chorus
No.45 Air, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, Soprano Debra Stillman
No.46 Since By Man Came Death: Chorus
No.47 Recitative: Behold I Tell You a Mystery
No.48 Air, The Trumpet Shall Sound: Bass/Baritone Jason Clark
No.53 Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain: Amen, Chorus

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