Just in time for Easter, the Western Wyoming Community College Performing Arts Department will complete the ambitious concert extravaganza that is Handel’s Messiah. Part II of the famed Baroque oratorio, which serves as a musical celebration of the life and meaning of Jesus Christ, will unfold at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 19.
Tickets are $6 and may be purchased in advance at wwcc.tix.com.
In December 2014, Performing Arts brought together a statewide collaboration of musicians from across Wyoming to stage Part I of 18th-century composer George Frideric Handel’s classic work, which has become a holiday performance standard all over the world. Part II will also be a collaborative venture featuring members of the Utah Symphony and Ballet West Orchestra, along with the Sweetwater BOCES Orchestra, WWCC Collegiate Choir, and other guest singers and musicians from Sweetwater County and beyond.
The performances will be directed and conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Joshua R. Wentz, D.M.A., with dance choreography by Instructor of Dance Britta Joy Peterson.
“Our goal is to continuously bring these famous, large-scale works to Sweetwater County,” Wentz said. “This oratorio is a standard that can be appreciated by all ages and backgrounds. Everyone knows the story – now come see how masterfully Handel sets it to music. This piece has been enjoyed by our parents and ancestors for nearly 300 years.”
Messiah Part I began with the Old Testament prophecies of Christ’s birth by Isaiah and others, and concluded with the announcement of Christ’s birth to the shepherds. Part II celebrates the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as recounted in the New Testament. This will be the first time that Part II of Messiah has been performed at Western.
Handel’s Messiah is presented by the WWCC Performing Arts Department and Sweetwater BOCES. It will open on Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows on Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This performance lasts just under an hour and is open to all ages.