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.