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The Wise County Chorale, in conjunction with the Denton Bach Players, will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.
The 20-voice Chorale is a new organization, and for its debut performance will sing this famous work with an orchestra using historical instruments and techniques from the time of Handel and Bach.
“It results in a sweeter, more lyrical and more dramatic sound than performances often heard from larger orchestras and choirs today,” said Decatur Mayor Martin Woodruff, who is a member of the Wise County Chorale.
Rebecca Roose of Decatur will be a featured soloist for the performance, and several other Wise County singers will also be involved.
The Historically Informed Performance (HIP) groups of singers and instrumentalists strive to reproduce music that sounds closer to what the composer expected to hear. “Our Wise County Chorale performance will include two Baroque oboes, two natural trumpets, two harpsichords and strings with Baroque bows and gut strings,” Woodruff said. “While we can’t really know what Handel heard, we think that he would at least have recognized our sound, and we consider that a worthy goal.”
While the concert will be free, the Chorale is seeking sponsors to help compensate the professional musicians for the performance. Sponsorship levels include: Archangel ($1,000 or more), Angel ($500 or more), Benefactor ($250 or more), Friend ($100 or more) and Member ($50 or more.)
Sponsors will be recognized in the concert program and advertising for the event. Reserved seating will be available to sponsors. Checks may be made payable to the First United Methodist Church, Attn: Messiah Concert, P.O. Box 302, Decatur, TX 76234.
There will be a reception immediately following the concert in the church fellowship hall.