Morton Community Chorus & Orchestra Presents G.F. Handel's
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm, Grace Church, Morton, IL
The Morton Community Chorus, of Morton, IL, has been performing Handel's Messiah annually for many, many years. Although, "Morton" is in the name, it is perhaps a misnomer, as people from all over Central Illinois regularly participate in the choir and orchestra.
The annual production of Messiah will be performed Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm at Grace Church in Morton, IL. Although Grace Church graciously allows us to use their beautiful sanctuary, our annual productions of Messiah are community events, performed by the Morton Community Choir and Orchestra. A free-will offering will be taken during the Pastoral Symphony. Or, you can give online! The Morton Fine Arts Association has graciously agreed to handle online donations for us. 100% of all gifts will go toward providing our quality productions of Messiah. Donate Here.
See a few pictures and videos from last year's 2017 performance here.
WCBU FM Peoria Public Radio and Arts Partners of Central Illinois radio program "Out And About" interviewed Phil Witzig regarding Messiah 2015. Although about a past performance, it nonetheless has some interesting dialog regarding the production in general. Listen here.
Rebecca Opperman, Soprano
Rosie Quintana, Alto
Edward Brennan, Tenor
Aaron Wardell, Bass
Dr. John Orfe, Organ – John Orfe is a composer whose music has been performed worldwide. He has fulfilled commissions for numerous chamber, choral, orchestras and festivals, earning praise from The New York Times, LAWeekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Die Welt, and Hamburger Abendblatt. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of Rochester, as well as Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Yale School of Music. As piano soloist and collaborative artist, Dr. John Orfe has earned critical acclaim for his interpretations of five centuries of keyboard repertoire ranging from the canonic to the arcane. As the core pianist and a founding member of critically-acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, he has performed in Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Roulette, the World Financial Center, and Symphony Space in New York; Disney Hall, Mondavi Hall, and Hertz Hall in California; and music series and festivals across the United States and Europe including Harvard University, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bremen, Bolzano, Cork, Hamburg, London and Krakow. The New York Times praised his “virtuosic ardor” in performances of György Ligeti’s Piano Etudes and Concerto.
Call for Singers!
Interested in singing in our chorus? There is nothing quite like singing one of the world's great masterpieces! Rehearsals for Choir will be as follows:
- Six “regular rehearsals” Monday nights beginning October 1 and continuing through November 12, but skipping October 15. Rehearsals are from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
- Dress Rehearsal with Orchestra/Choir, Saturday, November 17 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
- Rehearsals and performance are at Grace Church, Morton
- Performance Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm