The GAMAC Chorale & Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Don Campbell will present G.F. Handel’s Messiah in its entirety on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:30pm in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in downtown Anderson. Presented as the conclusion of GAMAC’s 2013-2014 Masterworks Series, this celebration of the Easter season will include sopranos Melanie Gibson Rowell and Heather Witt along with tenor Jonathan Pilkington and baritone Washington Isaac Holmes.

Recognized as one of the best known and widely performed choral works in Western music, Handel’s Messiah is an English language oratorio with scriptural text compiled by librettist Charles Jennens from the King James Bible. The piece was written in just 24 days and premiered in Dublin, Ireland in April 1742 to very modest public reception. The work is divided into three distinct parts. Part one deals with the Prophecies of Isaiah through the Old Testament into the Gospel of Luke’s depiction of the Annunciation to the Shepherds. Part two concentrates on the Passion of Christ and concludes with the well-known “Hallelujah” chorus. Part three depicts the Resurrection of the Dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

“Though it is arguably the most popular choral work of all time, many people only know a portion of it, “ said GAMAC Chorale Director, Don Campbell. “We’re pleased to present a much broader and expanded view of this beloved piece for the Easter season,” he said.

Patrons wishing to learn more about the Messiah prior to the concert, are invited to join Dr. Campbell and the GAMAC Guild for a pre-concert dinner and lecture in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church beginning at 5:45pm on the evening of the concert. Advanced reservations for dinner are required by April 10. Tickets for the dinner are priced at $20 and do not include concert tickets.

Concert tickets for Messiah are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for students and children. To purchase tickets, please call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147. This performance is made possible with generous sponsorship support from The Peoples Bank, Mrs. Marian Moorhead, Mr. & Mrs. Jim Cox, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rainey, Mr. Bob Williams and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.. Support is also provided in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from the National Endowment for the Arts.