‘This is our gift to the community’
by James Phillips
Nov 27, 2012 | 3282 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Stallsmith leads the Walker County Christian Chorus during a rehearsal of  Handel’s “Messiah” Monday Night at Jasper’s First Baptist Church. – Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
John Stallsmith leads the Walker County Christian Chorus during a rehearsal of Handel’s “Messiah” Monday Night at Jasper’s First Baptist Church. – Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
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The Walker County Christian Chorus is currently preparing for its annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.”

The performance is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, inside the sanctuary of Jasper’s First Baptist Church.

“This is quite an undertaking,” said John Stallsmith, who is directing the performance for a fifth year. “Planning for the event takes place almost year round.”

The chorus includes more than 60 local residents, representing several area churches. Their voices will be joined by a 26-piece orchestra with many of those musicians being members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

“We started practice in September, and I feel like we have a very talented group,” Stallsmith said.

The performance includes 13 choruses, all in English, and it will last about an hour and a half, Stallsmith said.

“We try to pick the most popular choruses related to the birth of Christ,” he added.

The presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” is free to the public.

“This is our gift to the community for Christmas,” Stallsmith said. “We hope everyone comes out and enjoys themselves.”