Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Main Stage


Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 PM
featuring professional soloists and select players
from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra

General Seating $30, including fees
Senior/Military $25, including fees
Special Student Rate $8, including fees

Dr. Robert E. Lamb will conduct the 130-plus voices of the Brevard Community Chorus as they begin their 50th Anniversary Season, with a presentation of Messiah, the immortal oratorio by Georg Friederich Händel. Accompanied by select players from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Messiah will feature the chorus along with four professional soloists. The Brevard Community Chorus pays homage to its own history by reprising the dramatic sacred classic --its very first concert in 1969.

Composed in just 24 days during the summer of 1741, Messiah is Händel's most famous creation and is among the most popular works in Western choral literature. It includes the very well-known chorus, "Hallelujah!" as well as the moving soprano aria, “I Know That my Redeemer Liveth.” Messiah is often performed in churches as well as in concert halls. It has become common practice since the composer's death to perform all or part of Messiah during Advent, the preparatory period of the Christmas season. The work is divided into three parts which address specific events in the life of Christ. Part One is most frequently performed and is primarily concerned with the Advent and Christmas stories. Händel conducted Messiah many times and often altered the music to suit the needs of the singers and orchestra he had available to him for each performance. Consequently, no single version can be regarded as the "authentic" one.

The Brevard Community Chorus is an auditioned, volunteer organization of community singers that meets weekly for the purpose of rehearsing and performing the larger works of the choral repertoire. The group is at home in the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, where the chorus has performed such works as Messiah by Händel, Gloria by Poulenc, Requiem by Mozart, Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms and Carmina Burana by Orff.
Dr. Lamb is Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and a member of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at Eastern Florida State College. Since 1998, Dr. Lamb has also conducted the Brevard Community Chorus. The North Carolina native attended Wake Forest University and later the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where, he earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting. Lamb earned the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He was the 2006 recipient of the Julius Herford Prize, awarded by the American Choral Directors Association, for his doctoral work concerning French Baroque composer, Michel-Richard de Lalande. In the summer of 2019, Lamb attended the Choral Institute of Oxford at Oxford University in the UK.

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