‘Messiah’ a wonderful Christmas experience

By Barbara Swan | Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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The citizens of Wise County were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience Dec. 15. In the beautifully decorated sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, the Denton Bach Players and the Wise County Chorale performed “The Messiah, Part 1” and instrumental music for the Christmas season.

These very talented musicians played instruments we never get to hear in our modern daily lives. They had harpsichords, a viola, a cello, oboes, violins and trumpets similar to ones used before we were even a nation. They were played so well, and I felt like I could have been in some fancy concert hall in a major city. Then our wonderful Chorale came out and sang like angels. There were several times I was almost moved to tears.

It was obvious how much work had gone into this musical evening. I can imagine how difficult it is just to move the instruments and tune them. The folks in the Chorale all have “day jobs” I’m sure and yet were willing to give their time in this busy season, and our horrible weather in the last week, to make the evening a magical, inspiring time for all of us.

At the end, the audience stood, and we all sang “The Hallelujah Chorus.” The last time I was treated to that was at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. I will tell you truly that Sunday night was as good or better. It simply filled the place with joy.

We should all be grateful to Martin Woodruff, Lenora McCroskey, Andrew Justice and all the wonderfully talented and accomplished musicians and singers. I don’t know how anyone could hear Rebecca Roose sing and not think of angels. And our pastors, Brian Bosworth and Zack Landis, made everyone feel comfortable and welcome.

If we are lucky enough to have something like this happen again, I hope you will come and hear them. There were folks in suit and tie and folks in jeans and flannel there – people just wore what was comfortable. It wasn’t fussy or snobby. It was just a bunch of good people enjoying some fabulous music.

Yes, truly, Wise County was treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience Dec. 15.

Thank you,
Barbara Swan

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