Zion Episcopal Church hosts Messiah Sing Sunday

Published Dec 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

Zion Episcopal Church, 140 W. Liberty St., will hold its 31st annual Messiah Sing at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

Soloists this year are Erin MacDonald, soprano; Megan Montana, mezzo-soprano; Robert Dunlap, tenor; and David Kolb, baritone. G. Roberts Kolb, from Hamilton College, will once again conduct the event, and Sar-Shalom Strong will serve as piano accompanist.

The community is invited to come and join in the singing, or just sit and enjoy the sound of more than 200 voices singing Handel’s Messiah.

Singers perform the Christmas section of the Messiah, and then complete the concert with the Hallelujah chorus, for which the entire congregation is asked to stand in recognition of the tradition started during the first performance of the Messiah several years ago.

Carol Stack, long-time organist and choir director, who died two years ago, started the tradition in 1986 using high school seniors as the soloists, and members of the community as the chorus. The tradition has continued since then, with soloists of diverse ages. It was important to her to give students an opportunity to sing in public, and over the years, the church has seen several of the young soloists make comebacks in their adult years.  

The concert will be followed by a reception in Clarke Memorial Hall, and is an opportunity to meet the soloists, conductor and pianist. Participants are asked to bring some canned goods to supplement the church’s food pantry used to feed the area’s hungry every Monday and Tuesday during the entire year.

There will be copies of the Messiah available to borrow when singers arrive if they do not have one. The church will have markers on the pews to show where each musical section is requested to sit. Those who just come to listen are recommended to sit in the organ loft/balcony for the best place to hear all the harmony.