Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to be performed in Tillamook and Lincoln City

The Midway Messiah Choir and Orchestra will be performing the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” in both Lincoln City and Tillamook. (Courtesy photo)

The Midway Messiah Choir and Orchestra will be performing the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Tillamook Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2610 First St., and on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church in Lincoln City, 1226 SW 13th St.

The group has been performing this music every December of even numbered years, a tradition that has run for more than 30 years with local soloists and professional directors. The Midway Choir and Orchestra is a group of 60 or more volunteers who gather in October and November to practice and perform this well known music. There is no admission for either performance, but donations will be appreciated to help pay performance expenses.

Interesting facts about the music:

Composer Georg F. Handel was born into a Lutheran family in the part of Germany called Saxony in 1685. The “Messiah” is unique in that it is Handel's only devotional work among the body of his otherwise secular compositions. In 1741, Handel composed the entire “Messiah” in only 24 days. Every word sung is quoted from Holy Scripture. He used about 80 singers and instrumentalists for the premiere performance in Dublin. His music was well respected by other famous composers of his time: Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven.

For more information, call Rev. Ron Watson at 541-992-3575, Carol Rohlfing at 541-994-8531, or director Adam Schwend at 503-457-8865.