Saturday, November 29 at 4PMTrumpet bell

Frank Nemhauser conducting 

Handel’s MESSIAH Sing-In

With The Berkshire Bach Players

Lucy Bardo – cello
Allan Dean – trumpet
Bram Fisher – viola (student guest)
Eric Martin – viola
Susan Mino – piano
Cindy Ogulnick – violin
Miriam Shapiro – violin

A memorable tradition, the Berkshire Bach Society’s annual Messiah Sing-In, always held on Thanksgiving weekend, is the Society’s gift to the community and heralds the beginning of the holiday season and the coming New Year.  Over the last 40-or-so years, communities both large and small across the U.S., have organized Messiah sings.  Sometimes called a Messiah sing-in, or Messiah sing-along, these sings have become increasingly popular and are a fun and spirited way to usher in the holidays. Often accompanied by piano or organ, the Berkshire Bach Society’s Messiah Sing-In stands out in that the singers are led by a professional choral director – the ever-popular Frank Nemhauser returns – and are accompanied by a seasoned instrumental ensemble of professional players, including Lucy Bardo, one of America’s first and best viola da gamba players, and legendary trumpet player, Allan Dean.

And who are the singers and soloists?  You are, that’s who.  You get to sing the solos!  And the audience becomes the chorus and raises its voice as one in the majestic Hallelujahs! 

Bring your own score, or borrow one at the door.   The setting is informal.   Whether you are an experienced choral singer, an avid listener, or the occasional Messiah enthusiast, here’s your chance to join your friends and neighbors in song.  Be part of a tradition that sees some 2800 participants in the New York Messiah Sing (at Lincoln Center), and nearly 4000 singers at the Albert Hall in London.  Too shy to sing?  Come and listen. Either way, you’ll have a blast.  

Free!  (Donations welcome)

Bring your own scores, or borrow ours, or buy ours for $15.  (We use the G. Schirmer version.)

First Congregational Church
251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA

THE PROGRAM:
Part I
#1 Overture
#4 And the Glory of the Lord
#7 And He Shall Purify
#9 O Thou that Tellest (aria and chorus)
#12 For Unto Us A Child Is Born
#16 And Suddenly There Was with the Angel (recit.)
#17 Glory to God
#21 His Yoke is Easy

Part II
#22 Behold the Lamb of God
#24 Surely He Hath Borne
#25 And With His Stripes
#26 All We Like Sheep
#28 He Trusted in God
#33 Lift Up Your Heads
#44 Hallelujah

Part III
#46 Since By man Came Death
#53 Worthy Is the Lamb/Amen