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A post-Easter treat:

Messiah by S. Bend’s Vesper Chorale

with College’s Chamber Singers


Manchester College’s Chamber Singers will join the Vesper Chorale and Vesper Chamber Orchestra of South Bend to perform the entire Messiah on Saturday, April 22 at the College. This post-Easter concert at 7 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium celebrates the genius of Handel’s well-loved work

Wishart Bell, founder of the Vesper Chorale and Orchestra, will conduct the North Manchester concert and a second performance the next day in South Bend. Tickets for the Manchester College performance are $8; for reservations, call 260-982-5551 or get your tickets at the door on the evening of the performance.

Messiah requires excellent music readers and vocal stamina, notes Dr. Debra J. Lynn, director of choral organizations and voice at Manchester. “The sheer number of notes to learn is unbelievable – the entire performance will be about three hours long! Much of the music is very difficult and many of the tempos are very fast.

“Few people ever have the opportunity to perform Messiah in its entirety,” she adds. “The complete Messiah is a celebration of the entire life of Christ – His birth, life, death and resurrection. Usually, ensembles perform only the Christmas portion (or the first part) and then add the “Hallelujah” chorus at the end. However, we decided that a complete Messiah would be wonderful for our singers and our audience!”  

Most people are accustomed to hearing Messiah performed by a large ensemble – a full orchestra and a choir of 200 or more. The 20-member Chamber Singers and 20-member Vesper Chorale are endeavoring to create a performance that will be historically accurate: small choir and orchestra, said Lynn. 

The South Bend concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in Holy Family Church on Mayflower Road. For tickets ($15 adults, $10 students): 574-282-2317.


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