Handel's 'Messiah' will be presented for 76th time in Lawton
Saturday will mark the 76th anniversary performance of Handel's "Messiah" by The Lawton Schubert Music Club, Fort Sill's New Post Chapel, and the Cameron University/Lawton Civic Chorus. For Doris Lambert it marks another special occasion.
"This is my 30th year to conduct," Lambert said, unable to mask the hint of glee in her voice.
The performance will feature four soloists, as well as a 90-person voiced choir and an orchestra. The four soloists, handpicked by Lambert, are tenor soloist Lorenzo Butler, soprano soloist Debbie Wood, alto soloist Alyson Hays and bass soloist Mark Monteith.
"The wonderful thing, I think, is that we have a generational choir. I have high school students, I have college students, there are some professionals and some retired folks. So, it really is a wonderful age defying group," Lambert said.
Handel's "Messiah" is a retelling of the Christ story, taken from the Bible. The first performance took place in 1746. According to Lambert, even though the show is very old, it is still relevant.
"I think it is new and fresh for today because it really does express a message of hope," Lambert said.
Lambert selects the choruses from Messiah that will be performed, as well as each of the three portions of the lyricized biblical text which represent the prophecy, life, death and resurrection of Christ.