Barry Tone, the music director here at Utmost United Methodist Church, pulled off a major accomplishment. He’s leading a community-wide concert of Handel’s Messiah. He worked hard gathering a group of churches in the area to present this magnificent event.
Barry took time to visit in person every choir who would allow it. He explained that George Frederic Handel composed this English-language oratorio in 1741. It is a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer.
Most of the people were familiar with The Messiah, but many were delighted to know more of its background. When Barry agreed to sprinkle music history and vignettes of historical note during the rehearsal, most of the non-musicians were glad to participate.
“Choir members in most churches simply sing for the joy of it, but have little actual music background,” Barry said. “I think I found the big reason we have such a good response.”
Rehearsals started several weeks ago, and seem to be going fine. Our pastor, Rev. Mostly Wright, said, “Barry has established himself in the community as a sound musician and delightful leader.”
Until next time …
Rhodes Crossing, Ga.