Music | Winyah’s ‘Messiah’ a concert to cherish

December 31, 2012 

On Dec. 16 a great gift was given to the people of Georgetown and surrounding areas.

The Elsie Blackwell Pollock Festival Choir performed the “Messiah” in the Winyah Auditorium. This choir is comprised of the following church choirs: Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church and Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church. The conductor was magnificent; the instrumental and singing talent was masterful.

As I sat and listened to the words of Handel’s Messiah, I thought about many things. If you are sad, then this is the music to listen to, if you suffer depression, this is the music to listen to, if you are lonely, this is the music to listen to. If you are happy, and want to thank God for your many blessing this is the music to listen to, if you are joyous this is the music to listen to. Surely, you are getting my point.

The Messiah is the most beautiful piece of music my ears have ever heard. It tells the story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Lord. The Messiah offers its listeners the opportunity to open their hearts and fill it with the message of hope and love. My favorite words are, “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.” Those words offer such hope to all of us who will all die at some point. Worms will eat my flesh, but I know that I will see God and be with my Lord. How comforting is that??

Thank you for this gift of hope and love that you give each year. Thank you for the time that you spent practicing. Thank you for giving me my Christmas present to myself each year for the past …well, more than I care to announce in this public venue. I know I am getting older, but I hope the worms will be at bay for a few more years.

Anne B. Starnes

Georgetown

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