Spirit of Acadiana: Asbury United Methodist to present Handel's "Messiah"

Posted at 6:43 AM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 09:15:10-05

'Tis the season for Christmas music. And the choir at Asbury United Methodist Church is preparing for a grand performance this weekend.

On Sunday, the sounds of Handel's "Messiah" will resonate through Asbury United Methodist Church, recalling the life of Jesus Christ from Nativity to Ascension.

As Asbury's Musical Director Lee Cook explains, "It's the only work from the 18th century that's been performed continually since it was written. People love it the world over, accessible. My folks can sing it. It's wonderful to put together."

And the choir, a solid team of talented singers, are ready to share the beauty of this beloved oratorio with the community.

"We are a hardworking group of lovers of music," says choir member Lindsay Finley. " Just a good group of Christian people who love to praise through song."

The piece will come together with the help of not only choir members, but the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.

"We've got about 50 singers, and an orchestra of 27 or 28 with strings, oboe, bassoon, trumpets, organs, and harpsichords," says Cook.

With the 50 singers, who make up all walks of life, Asbury is hopeful that all will come to share in the wonders of the Christmas season through song.

"It's just a wonderful evening that will be a lot of fun and awfully meaningful," says Cook.

Asbury United Methodist Church will present Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday, December 22 at 6:30 pm.

Admission is free and child care will also be provided for for children ages six months to sixth grade.