Union College music program presents Handel’s “Messiah”

Published on
April 05, 2016

Messiah “The trumpet shall sound” as the Union College music program presents Handel’s “Messiah” for its spring concert. The concert will take place on Tuesday, April 19 in the Conway Boatman Chapel.

Dr. Virginia Gay Gandy, Director of the Union College Choral Program, announced the concert to the college campus. Dr. Gandy said the concert will feature Part III of Handel’s “Messiah,” entitled “Redemption.” The concert will also feature Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

“I am very excited about this program,” Dr. Gandy said. “This is a much beloved work and fans of this oratorio will be thrilled to hear it.”

George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” is a well known and celebrated oratorio composed in 1741. Handel built the composition around text compiled from the King James Bible. “Messiah”was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has since become one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in history.

The Union College choral performance of “Messiah” will feature all three of Union’s choirs: Union College Singers, Union Harmony and the Union Regional Chorus. The Union College Singers is a choral ensemble open to any Union College student. Union Harmony is a select student group of only eight vocalists who must audition for the group. The Regional Chorus features various members of the community including vocalists from Barbourville and the surrounding area, Union College faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Gandy will conduct this celebrated work, with Danny Phelps serving as accompanist for the performance.

The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 in the Conway Boatman Chapel on the campus of Union College.

To learn more about vocal performance programs at Union College, please visit www.unionky.edu/choir