Concert program for a performance of The Messiah composed by George Frederick Handel and performed by The Portland Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra. The choir was directed by C. Robert Zimmerman and the orchestra was conducted by Eugene Linden.
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A HANDEL ORATORIO (from a contemporary engraving by Hogarth) The RECORD SHOP Phil Hart, Manager Presents THE MESSIAH by GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL IN THE PORTLAND AUDITORIUM Sunday, 30 December 1945 At 2:30 P.M. THE MESSIAH Oratorio composed 1741 by George Frederick Handel THE PORTLAND SYMPHONIC CHOIR C. Robert Zimmerman, Director Clorinda Topping, Soprano Walter Miesen, Tenor Josephine Albert Spaulding, Contralto Sten Englund, Bass and Symphony Orchestra EUGENE LINDEN, Conducting I OVERTURE RECITATIVE: Comfort ye My people. AIR: Ev ry valley shall be exalted. Mr. Miesen' CHORUS: And the glory of the Lord. AIR and CHORUS: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion. Mrs. Topping RECITATIVE: For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth. AIR: the people that walked in darkness. Mr. Englund CHORUS: for unto us a Child is born. PASTORAL SYMPHONY RECITATIVE: There were shepherds abiding in the field. Mrs. Topping CHORUS: Glory to God in the highest. RECITATIVE: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened. AIR: He shall feed His flock. Mrs. Spaulding and Mrs. Topping CHORUS: Behold the Lamb of God. II AIR: He was despised and rejected. Mrs. Spaulding RECITATIVE: Thy rebuke bath broken His heart. AIR: Bebold, and see if there be any sorrow. Mr. Miesen CHORUS: Lift up your beads. AIR: How beautiful are the feet. Mrs. Topping AIR: Why do the nations? Mr. Englund CHORUS: Let us break bis bonds asunder. CHORUS: Hallelujah! AIR: I know tbat my Redeemer Iivetb. Mrs. Topping CHORUS: Since by man came death. CHORUS: Worthy is the Lamb. Amen. INTERMISSION Picture on the cover of this program by courtesy of the Public Library. For music included in this performance inquire at the Music Room, Public Library. THE PORTLAND SYMPHONIC CHOIR was organized in the fall of 1945 by C. Robert Zimmerman and makes its first public appearance in this performance of The Messiah. Composed of singers who gather for the sheer love of choral singing, this group has given many weeks of enthusiastic preparation for this performance. It is their hope, as well as that of the managing sponsor, that this will be but the first of many fine performances of great choral masterpieces by this chorus. The RECORD SHOP presents on records . . . GREAT SONGS OF FAITH "He shall feed His flock" and "He was despised and rejected" from The Messiah (Handel). "It is fulfilled" from the St. John Pass/on (Bach). "But the Lord is mindful of his own" from St. Paul, and "O rest in the Lord" from Elijah (Mendelssohn). MARIAN ANDERSON with Orchestra (M-850; $3.50). ORATORIO ARIAS "Comfort ye, My people" from The Messiah, "Total Eclipse" from Samson, and "Sound an alarm" from Judas Maccabaeus (Handel). "Be thou faithful unto death" from St. Paul, "If with all your hearts" and "Then shall the righteous stand forth" from Elijah (Mendelssohn) . RICHARD CROOKS with Orchestra (M-934; $3.50.) ORATORIO ARIAS "With verdure clad" and "O, mighty pens" from The Creation (Haydn). "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion" and "I know that my Redeemer liveth" from The Messiah (Handel). ELEANOR STEBER with Orchestra (M-DM-927; $3.50). (All prices plus Tax) The RECORD SHOP PHIL HART, Manager . 808 S. W. Alder at Park ATwater 7492
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December 30, 1945