One of the oldest holiday traditions in southwest Oklahoma returns to the stage as The Lawton Schubert Music Club, Fort Sill's New Post Chapel, and the Cameron University/Lawton Civic Chorus present Handel’s “Messiah” on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the McMahon Auditorium. Admission is free.
George Frideric Handel composed “Messiah” in 1741 for chorus, soloists and orchestra. Featured soloists include Cameron music students Samantha Cook and Vanessa Cleophat; Debbie Wood, choral teacher at Lawton Academy of Arts and Science; CU alumni Khalil Cabrera-Tosado, Alyson Hays Bishop, and Kirk Prucha. The one-hour performance will feature selections representing the prophecy, the life, death, resurrection, and promised return of Jesus Christ. “Messiah” is conducted by Doris Lambert, adjunct instructor at Cameron University and director of choral music at the New Post Chapel.
George Frideric Handel composed “Messiah” in 1741 for chorus, soloists and orchestra. The text was compiled from the King James Bible and the Coverdale Psalter by Charles Jennens.
The Lawton Schubert Music Club initiated the first performance of “Messiah” in Lawton in December 1941. Presented in a variety of settings, it has become a performance tradition during the Christmas season in the greater Lawton/Fort Sill area. The celebration continues for the 82nd annual presentation with the stage filled with a chorus of more than 70 local singers representing 30 different church congregations and orchestra.