Handel’s Messiah Sing-a-long

Messiah Community Sing-along Concert

An Annual Tradition since 1910

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Sunday, December 15th, at 4:00PM (sing-a-long rehearsal with the choir & orchestra at 2:30PM) 

First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

Universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest masterpieces in all musical literature, Messiah has undoubtedly been performed more times than any other major choral work. First performed in 1742, it is a mark of its greatness that the work has endured through so many generations and varied interpretations.

While almost all of Handel’s oratorios have Biblical subjects, Messiah is the only one that is titled a “Sacred Oratorio” and every word of the text is taken directly from scripture. The story of Jesus, the Messiah, is told with music that exquisitely captures the drama of the scripture texts.

The celebration of Messiah at First Presbyterian Church is a long-standing tradition; the first performance took place in the current sanctuary more than 100 years ago in 1910. The community sing-along became an annual tradition in the late 1950s, under the baton of Dr. Milton Johnson. The tradition continues this year as the Chancel Choir and soloists of First Presbyterian lead hundreds of community singers. They will be joined by a professional orchestra, comprised of members of the Spokane Symphony and other area musicians. Dr. Garth Hangartner, director of Music and Worship at First Presbyterian Church, will conduct.

The community sing-along is open to all. If you wish to sing, please arrive by 2:15 PM to register and be seated. The rehearsal will begin promptly at 2:30 PM. Scores will be available for checkout if you do not have your own.

If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir on the platform with the orchestra for this concert, please contact Dr. Garth Hangartner at garthh@spokanefpc.org

Rehearsals with the Chancel Choir are 7:00-8:00PM Thursdays in the choir room at FPC on:

October 31st (trick-or-treat early, and then come join us for rehearsal!)

November 7th, 14th, 21st, 25th (Monday of Thanksgiving week)

December 5th

December 12th (dress rehearsal with the full orchestra)

Movements for 2013 (bold denotes the choruses for the sing-a-long)


1. Sinfonia (all)
2. Comfort Ye
3. Ev'ry Valley
4. And the Glory of the Lord
8. Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive
9. O Thou That Tellest good tidings to Zion 
10. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
11. The people that walked in darkness
12. For unto us a Child is born
14a&b. There were shepherd, And lo
15. And the angel said unto them
16 And Suddenly there was with an angel
17. Glory to God
23. He was despised
24. Surely he hath borne our griefs
25. And with his stripes
26. All we like sheep

29. Thy rebuke
30. Behold, and see
31. He was cut off
32. But thou didst not leave
33. Lift up your heads, O ye gates
38. How Beautiful are the feet
39. Their Sound has gone out
40. Why do the nations
44. Hallelujah
45. I know that my redeemer liveth
46. Since by man came death
47. Behold, I tell you a mystery
48. The trumpet shall sound
49. Then shall be brought to pass
50. O death, where is thy sting?
51. But thanks
Revelation Scripture Reading
53. Worthy is the Lamb & Amen


There is no admission charge.  A freewill offering will be taken to cover the expenses of this memorable concert.

For more information, email Dr. Garth Hangartner at garthh@spokanefpc.org

We look forward to seeing you on December 15th!

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