Festival Choir presents 'Messiah' Christmas concert

December 3, 2023 at 8:53 p.m.
Members of the Diocesan Festival Choir stand in the sanctuary of St. Luke Church, Toms River, where they presented a 'Messiah' Christmas concert. Joe Moore photo
Members of the Diocesan Festival Choir stand in the sanctuary of St. Luke Church, Toms River, where they presented a 'Messiah' Christmas concert. Joe Moore photo


The Diocesan Festival Choir, led by director and conductor Shawn Mack, presented a “Messiah” Christmas Concert Dec. 3 in St. Luke Church, Toms River. The choir was joined by members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, and the Orchestra of Society of St. Cecilia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Festival Choir presents 'Messiah'

Originally composed as an Easter oratorio,  “Messiah” debuted in April 1742. The piece highlights Jesus’s Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension, setting the words of the prophets and Scripture to music; the “Hallelujah Chorus” is often performed during the Christmas season.

The Diocesan Festival Choir provides liturgical music for major celebrations of the Diocese throughout the year, and comprises voices of volunteers age 18 and older from by audition.


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The Diocesan Festival Choir, led by director and conductor Shawn Mack, presented a “Messiah” Christmas Concert Dec. 3 in St. Luke Church, Toms River. The choir was joined by members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, and the Orchestra of Society of St. Cecilia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Festival Choir presents 'Messiah'

Originally composed as an Easter oratorio,  “Messiah” debuted in April 1742. The piece highlights Jesus’s Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension, setting the words of the prophets and Scripture to music; the “Hallelujah Chorus” is often performed during the Christmas season.

The Diocesan Festival Choir provides liturgical music for major celebrations of the Diocese throughout the year, and comprises voices of volunteers age 18 and older from by audition.

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