GCA to present Handel's Messiah, Part 1

The Griffin Choral Arts is pictured performing during a recent Christmas concert under the direction of Stephen J. Mulder.

Griffin Choral Arts presents Handel’s Messiah, Part 1 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at First Baptist Church in Griffin.

The Christmas concert will be performed by over 50 members of GCA accompanied by an orchestra under the direction of Stephen J. Mulder, GCA artistic director.

“Handel’s most recognized work begins with words of comfort from the prophet Isaiah. The libretto from Messiah explores the prophecies leading to the birth of Christ and the angelic joys of his arrival on Christmas morning,” Mulder said. “Accompanied by a professional orchestra, we will present the Christmas portion of this oratorio along with the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus.”

The choir will be accompanied by orchestra featuring the strings of three violin 1, three violin 2, three viola, two cello as well as one bass along with two oboes and a trumpet. Joining the accompaniment will be local musicians Kitty Grubbs on harpsichord and Cathy Willis Garmon on organ.

Soprano soloists are from within the GCA membership and include Valerie Clark Gill (“Rejoice Greatly”), Allison Carter (“He Shall Feed his Flock”- duet), and 15-year-old Adison Smith (the recitatives and airs leading up to “Glory to God”).

Smith is an alumnus of the GCA Children’s Chorus and currently the youngest GCA singer. Her father Brandon Smith is a GCA tenor.

Additional soloists featured are Cory Klose, tenor, and Holly McCarren, alto, who both sing with professional choirs including Kinnara and Dr. Mathew Hoch, bass, who is voice faculty at Auburn University.

“We are very grateful for the support Griffin Choral Arts has received throughout the pandemic year and especially as we have re-emerged this fall for Season 15,” said Mulder. “We are looking forward to sharing the beautiful choral music of Handel and we wish our audience all the best for the holiday season.”

Tickets may be purchased online at www.griffinchoralarts.org and will be available for purchase at the door.

“When the final notes are sung at this Christmas concert, we hope our audience will spread the word about great choral music being performed in our community,” said Mulder. “We hope everyone will return in March for our next concert and bring a friend.”