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Elijah oratorio

Elijah oratorio an inspirational success

NEWNAN, Ga. (TMCNews)--Truett-McConnell College's Community Choir combined forces with the Newnan Masterworks Chorale and the Choir and Orchestra from First Baptist Newnan to a present Mendelssohn's Elijah at Newnan's Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Elijah-picture-with-Sarah-Singleton-400Sarah Singleton, senior music major, portraying the widow (middle of picture) David Robinson, voice professor from SWBTS, portraying Elijah (guy with staff) Combined choirs in the background Surrounded by drama teamMore than 750 attended the staged version of the oratorio on Oct. 20.

Truett-McConnell was well represented by the following soloists: tenor Ben Caston, Obadiah; mezzo-soprano Chalis Montgomery, double-cast as Jezebel and an angel; soprano Sarah Singleton, widow; soprano Hannah Kennedy, an angel; and soprano Katelyn Fields.

Dr. Jon Duncan, adjunct professor of music, conducted the combined choirs and orchestra.

Dr. David Robinson -- voice professor from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, played Elijah.

"I was so blessed to be a part of the performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah," said TMC sophomore music major Hannah Kennedy. "How inspiring the singing of the Scripture is.

Elijah-picture-400Sam Cook, choir member at FBC Newnan, portraying King Ahab; Chalis Montgomery, TMC adjunct voice professor, portraying Jezebel; David Robinson, voice prof from SWBTS, portraying; Elijah Ben Caston, TMC Music Chair, portraying Obadiah; Kristi Fennigen (front, bottom) Drama member from Newnan"We got a chance to offer our talents back up to God, telling the story of his faithfulness in spite of great opposition," she said. "Singing for God's glory with such beautiful music was a landmark in my college experience that I will always remember."

TMC senior music major Eric Robbins said," The performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah made a powerful Bible story come to life. God's victory in the story of Elijah was very vividly portrayed. Elijah provided a great opportunity for us to expand our abilities musically, while reinforcing biblical truths. Singing with multiple choirs and an orchestra under the direction of Dr. Jon Duncan was an extraordinary experience. The concert was full of unforgettable worship moments."

The Elijah presentation marks Dr. Caston's fourth Community Choir concert as a Truett-McConnell professor, including Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Vivaldi's Gloria with Rutter's Magnificat.

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