The People’s Messiah
The Messiah sing-along has become a very popular event in many American communities, and especially during the Christmas Season there will be hundreds of these celebrations across our nation. What makes them so popular? I have several thoughts as to why. One is that Handel’s Messiah is a work that most choral singers have performed at one time or another, or at the very least, have a recognition level with the piece. Another is that during the Holiday Season a sing-along provides a wonderful shared experience, whether one comes to participate as an individual or as part of a group. And finally, I suggest that people enjoy participating in sing-alongs just because they are fun!
As all of us in The Michael O’Neal Singers make the final preparations for our 8th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, we are anticipating a record crowd. Ticket sales have been going well, and we have received excellent coverage in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Atlanta Public Radio. This will be the third year in a row that we have presented our Sing-Along in a method rarely done by other sing-slongs. Of course, a sing-along assumes that the “audience” becomes the “chorus” and sings all the choral parts. We decided it would be much more of a shared experience if we let the audience sing the solos as well, and that has now become a popular addition to our Sing-Along. So, if you’re a tenor who has always wanted to sing “Comfort Ye,” an alto who is primed for “He Shall Feed His Flock,” a bass possessing all the low notes for “The People That Walked in Darkness,” or a soprano who can’t wait to launch into “Rejoice Greatly,” our Messiah Sing-Along is the place for you!
It will all take place at 3 PM on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Roswell United Methodist Church. We’ll start with a fifteen minute introduction to the piece, including some vocal warm ups, and then we’ll move right into what has become an Atlanta holiday tradition for many. More information is available here on our web site, or you can call the MOS Office at 770.594.7974. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this approach to our Messiah Sing-Along or any other Messiah performance stories you may wish to share.