HAYS, KS - This Sunday, April 30th, will mark the first time the "Messiah" has been performed at Fort Hays State University since 1992. The concert begins at 2 p.m. in Beach/Schmidt Auditorium on the FHSU campus.
Dr. Rager Moore, assistant professor of music, has brought together 175 FHSU students, members of the Hays community and people from surrounding areas to make up the ensemble. Three choirs, including the Fort Hays Singers, the FHSU Concert Choir and the Hays Community Choir, will combine during the concert to form one large choir. This ensemble will perform all but three of the songs, which the Fort Hays Singers will perform separately.
Eleven FHSU students will be featured as soloists during the performance. Those soloists include: Trenton Greene, Ellinwood senior; Jake Steward, Hays senior; Shannon Demuth, Hays senior; Jason Haag, Hays senior; Amber Marrs, Montezuma senior; Karen Krehbiel, Dighton senior; Alisha Erwin, Great Bend sophomore; Kristin Urban, Bison senior; Jill Siefkes, Hudson senior; Jennifer Coker, Palco senior; and Amanda Asher, Great Bend senior.
Soloists, choirs and orchestra are all under the direction of Moore.
The "Messiah" is a timeless piece by George Frideric Handel that is most often performed around the Christmas and Easter seasons. The piece is being done now because it is the traditional time of the year for the orchestral choir concert. Moore said he chose this piece because of its fame and the experience it will give the singers.
"For 258 years it has been one of the favorite pieces of choral literature around the world. Everybody loves it. The students need to have this as something they have done because in the future they will most likely do a piece or all of it again," Moore said.
Prior to this year, very few of Moore's students had been a part of the "Messiah" performance but all or most of the community choir members have.
The choirs began individually rehearsing the piece during the third week of February but will practice together just three times before Sunday's performance.
Tickets for the concert are $6 for general admission and $4 for students and senior citizens. FHSU students and children under 12 will be admitted free.
For more information contact the Department of Music at (785) 628-4533 or (785) 628-4226.