Concert Notes


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Guest Artists


Anastasia McRae, soprano
Melissa Schiel, alto
Christopher Pfund, tenor
Aaron Agulay, bass


Messiah, HWV 56 (Novello edition, Watkins Shaw), Part II and III

PART II (approximately 60 minutes)

Scene 1: Christ’s Passion

22. Behold the Lamb of God

23. He was despised and rejected of men

24. Surely, he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows

25. And with his stripes we are healed

26. All we like sheep have gone astray

27. All they that see him laugh him to scorn

28. He trusted in God that he would deliver him

29. Thy rebuke hath broken his heart

30. Behold and see if there by any sorrow


Scene 2: Christ’s Death Ascension

31. He was cut off

32. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell


Scene 3: Christ’s Ascension

            33. Lift up your heads, O ye gates


Scene 4: Christ’s reception in Heaven

            34. Unto which of the angels

            35. Let all the angels of God worship Him


Scene 5: The beginnings of Gospel preaching

            36. Thou art gone up on high

            37. The Lord gave the word

            38. How beautiful are the feet

            39. Their sound is gone out


Scene 6: The world’s rejection of the Gospel

            40. Why do the nations so furiously rage together

            41. Let us break their bonds asunder

            42. He that dwelleth in heaven


Scene 7: God’s ultimate victory

            43. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron

            44. Hallelujah

 PART III (approximately 35 minutes)


Scene 1: The promise of eternal life

            45. I know that my Redeemer liveth

            46. Since by man came death


Scene 2: The Day of Judgment

            47. Behold, I tell you a mystery

            48. The trumpet shall sound


Scene 3: The final conquest of sin

            49. Then shall be brought to pass

            50. O death, where is they sting?

            51. But thanks be to God

            52. If God be for us, who can be against us?

Scene 4: The acclamation of the Messiah

            53. Worthy is the Lamb