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Handel's Messiah was presented to the public by the Community Oratorio Chorus of Peru, April 8. 1923, at the Methodist Church. A lovely spring day that preceded it with its warmth and purity, was as a prelude to the wonderful oratorio which in itself had power to lift the audit nee from commonplace realities out and up to realms of things godly.
The concert opened after a short explanation by Miss Carpenter, the director, with the earnest appeal of the Prophecy to the gloomy, degraded world to prepare for the Light to come. With this came the soothing comfort of the infinite promise of the coming Saviour—the Messiah.
The tenor soloist, (icorgc Showaltcr sang the first recitative "Comfort Ye My People”. The chorus continued the Prophecy with convincing volume as one powerful voice. Handel's contra-puntal treatment of this subject brought home to every one the awe-inspiring fact that truly. “The (Ilory of the Cord Shall Be Revealed". Mr. (). M. (iood and Mr. Carl ton Meek, bass soloists, sang the remaining solos belonging to the Prophecy—"Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts”. "Behold Darkness Shall Cover the Earth" and "The People That Walked in Darkness".
The Nativity was probably the most impressive part of the concert. Mr. Iloich at the organ in Handel’s "Pastoral Symphony”, created a most peaceful, pastoral atmosphere such as was suggestive of night on the hillsides of Bethlehem. This immediately preceded the aria "I'or There Were Shepherds”, by the soprano soloist. Miss Esther 15. Blankenship. After the soprano hail completed the story of the Angel’s appearance, his great message and the sudden appearance of the multitude of the heavenly host, the chorus came in promptly with the praises of the heavenly host, "(Ilory To (iod in the Highest”. A contralto duct "He Shall Feed His Flock”, by Mrs. O. M. (Iood and Miss Bert ice Kennedy, preceded the children’s chorus, singing forth their invitation, "Come Unto Hint All Ye That Arc Heavy Laden”. The unvoic d response of the audience that went back in silence to the pleading of those beautiful young voices coming from a side balcony, was a response to the appeal of the divine. For indeed, they ini-pi i-sscd one as lieing divine.
The Passion as it was presented brought to mind again the sacrifice and sorrow involved in our salvation. But the sorrow, which every one was made to feel, was all dispelled when the hopeful chorus burst forth their "Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye dates". The pleasing voice of the soprano gave all assur Mice to the doubtful soul that indeed "I Know That Mv Redeemer I.ivcth". And this was doubly assured and manifested in the gloriously triumphant chorus "Hallelujah! The Lord dod Omnipotent Rcigneth”. which was supreme in its splendid rendition by the local chorus.
Miss Dorothy Wade and Ethel McMastcr accompanied at the piano. The chorus was drawn from the college and high school students and of the people of ihe community. The children’s chorus was drawn from Iwith the District School and the Training School.
Through the cooperation of the Peru Chamber of Commerce, and mostly through the supreme ctToit put into the pr sentatiou of the Messiah by Miss Carpenter, the community and college enjoyed a rare musical treat. It was not only Miss Carpenter's energy of mind and body that she put into it but also hci soul. I'or surely without all three of these and the high motive which moved her to do it, the Messiah could not have been the success that it was.
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Egyptian Midnight Parade ..............................Emil hen man
Russian Kossak ........................................Emil A seller
Borucli Habo ................T........................Louis i'riedsell
Love In April ..........Miss Birdie Baldwin.......Christian Kriens
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Martha—Selection from the Opera..................Then. Mosts-Tohani
Dance of the Mermaids...........................................Lumbye
Elfentanz...............Miss Mildred Barnes..........Ezra Jenkinson
Bridal Chorus.......................................Richard Wagner
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