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Des Moines Community Orchestra

Celebrate & Sing Handel's Messiah

Join us for our annual presentation of Celebrate & Sing Handel’s Messiah.

The special feature of our Messiah concert is that the audience sings the chorus parts in this historic work. This concert has become a highlight for choir members around central Iowa. Although the audience performs without a formal rehearsal with the orchestra, the volunteer singers are always well versed in this beloved music. The results have always been thrilling. 

We will have a limited number of scores available at the concert for borrowing on a first-come-first-served basis. You may prefer to bring your own score if you wish to sing the chorus parts.

A Sit-In Adventure: Ever wished you could sit in the middle of an orchestra? Let's do it! Continuing a tradition started several years ago, we invite students to sit in with the orchestra for dress rehearsal. Dress rehearsal starts at 9:00 a.m., the Saturday before the Sunday concert. Dress rehearsal and concert are at Grace United Methodist Church. Students may sit on stage in their chosen instrumental section. Parents, your children will love it!. We orchestra members love it! Just show up and we will find students a place to sit. If sitting in the audience seats is preferred, that's fine too. Come and sit with us!


December 03, 2017, Sunday
Concert begins at 2:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.
Pre-concert talk begins at 1:00 p.m.

Grace United Methodist is located at 3700 Cottage Grove, Des Moines, IA 50311.

Click here for more about Handel, and how Messiah was written.



Jaemi Loeb

Guest Soloists:

Julie Allemagne, soprano
Lori Fenton, alto
Edwin Griffith, tenor 
Robert Patton, bass


Poster: Click HERE.



Pieces highlighted in gray will not be performed in the performance this year.

Click the "¯listen" links to hear and practice the chorus parts.

Part I:

1 Overture Orchestra
2 Recitative: Comfort Ye, My People Tenor
3 Aria: Every Valley Shall Be Exalted Tenor
4 Chorus: And the Glory Of The Lord ¯listen Community Choir
5 Recitative: Thus Saith the Lord Bass
6 Aria: But Who May Abide? Alto or Bass
x7 Chorus: And He Shall Purify ¯listen Community Choir
8 Recitative: Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive Alto
9 Aria and Chorus: O Thou That Tellest ¯listen Alto/Community Choir
10 Recitative: For Behold, Darkness  Bass
11 Aria: The People That Walked in Darkness Bass
12 Chorus: For Unto Us A Child Is Born ¯listen Community Choir
13 Pastoral Symphony Orchestra
14 Recitative: There Were Shepherds Soprano
15 Recitative: And The Angel Said Unto Them Soprano
16 Recitative: And Suddenly There Was With The Angel Soprano
17 Chorus: Glory To God ¯listen Community Choir
18 Aria: Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion Soprano
19 Recitative: Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind Alto
20 Aria: He Shall Feed His Flock Alto & Soprano
x21 Chorus: His Yoke Is Easy ¯listen Community Choir

Part II:

22 Chorus: Behold the Lamb ¯listen Community Choir
23 Aria: He Was Despised Alto
24 Chorus: Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs ¯listen Community Choir
x25 Chorus: And With His Stripes ¯listen Community Choir
x26 Chorus: All We Like Sheep ¯listen Community Choir
x27 Recitative: All They That See Him, Laugh Him to Scorn Tenor
x28 Chorus: He Trusted In God ¯listen Community Choir
29 Recitative: Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart Tenor
30 Aria: Behold, And See If There Be Any Sorrow Tenor
x31 Recitative: He Was Cut Off Tenor
x32 Aria: But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul Tenor
33 Chorus: Lift Up Your Head, O Ye Gates ¯listen Community Choir
x34 Recitative: Unto Which Of The Angels Tenor
x35 Chorus: Let All The Angels Of God ¯listen Community Choir
x36 Aria: Thou Art Gone Up On High Bass
x37 Chorus: The Lord Gave The Word ¯listen Community Choir
38 Aria: How Beautiful Are The Feet Soprano
x39 Chorus: Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands ¯listen Community Choir
40 Aria: Why Do The Nations Bass
x41 Chorus: Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder ¯listen Community Choir
42 Recitative: He That Dwelleth In Heaven Tenor
43 Aria: Thou Shalt Break Them Tenor
44 Chorus: Hallelujah! ¯listen Community Choir

Part III:

45 Aria: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth


46 Chorus: Since By Man Came Death ¯listen

Community Choir

47 Recitative: Behold, I Tell You A Mystery Bass
48 Aria: The Trumpet Shall Sound Bass
49 Recitative: Then Shall Be Brought To Pass Alto
50 Duet: O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? Alto/Tenor
x51 Chorus: But Thanks Be To God ¯listen

Community Choir

x52 Aria: If God Be For Us Soprano
53 Chorus: Worthy Is The Lamb ¯listen Community Choir

Music clips courtesy of Daniel L. Viens. To listen to the entire Messiah, and many other  Handel compositions, click here.


Our past performances can be seen on YouTube.

Check our separate page for YouTube content - click HERE.