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79th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” to be live streamed

The Cameron University/Lawton Civic Chorus, the Lawton Schubert Music Club and Fort Sill's New Post Chapel will join together for the 79th annual presentation of Handel's “Messiah.” The popular Lawton tradition will take place on Saturday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. and can be viewed during a live stream via Facebook. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the performance will not have an in-person audience. The performance will be approximately one hour in length and will feature soloists and a professional orchestra that accompanies the volunteer chorus. To watch the Facebook live stream of the performance, go to https://www.facebook.com/lawtonarts.

Since December 1941, when the Lawton Schubert Music Club presented the first performance of “Messiah,” the event has become a seasonal tradition in the Lawton/Fort Sill area. For the 34th consecutive year, the chorus and orchestra will be conducted by Doris Lambert, director of choral music at Fort Sill’s New Post Chapel and adjunct music instructor at Cameron.

Written in 1741 and first performed in 1742, Handel’s “Messiah” has become one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Handel composed the 259 page score in just 24 days.

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PR# 20-137

December 4, 2020