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Handel’s Messiah reaches new high in Grand County

To the Editor:

What a joy to realize that we have sung, conducted, performed, accompanied or enjoyed the highest rendition of Handel’s Messiah in the United States at an altitude of 8,750 feet.

My thanks to all that participated in the 11th annual happening of the Mountain Messiah at Snow Mountain Ranch on Dec. 27.

The Sky-Hi Daily News was generous with their publicity, which pleased all of us who participated as well as informed the community. Cyndi McCoy covered all the details perfectly.

The children played piano prelude music and were especially talented. We thank Nellie Clancy, Alistair Schwab, Carlie Bugo, Jessica Kemp and Makenna Morck .

Tristan Schwab, trumpeter wowed the audience accompanied by Roger Shaw on his tuba. LaVon Cooper ably organized this section of the program.

My sincere thanks to the following wholehearted volunteers: Jeff Shaw for the warmup singing, Judy Shetler for the Piano overture followed by the Fraser Valley Philharmonic, namely Becky Shaw, flute, Roger Shaw, cello with me the violist.

Enthusiastic soloists were Spencer Carr, John Simmons, Jim Griffiths, Kris Boy, Lori Oury, Marion Bricker, and Elizabeth Woods. Excellent conductors were Jeff Shaw, John Simmons, Lori Oury, Eric Simondson, Marion Bricker, Roger Shaw, Mary Simondson, and Gene Ackley.

Competent and clever pianists were Jan Sears, Kathy Turnbull, Traci Maddox, Linda Brumagin and LaVon Cooper. They supported the conductors as well as the chorus which sang loud and clear.

Additional thanks to our photographer, David Kitts and lighting expert, Bill Tucker. We appreciate all the hospitality the YMCA provides plus the cookies that the audience donated. This is another reason why we live in Grand County. We make it happen. We even have the ability to keep the music of 1741 alive and well with no rehearsals.

Keep America singing.

Joan Shaw


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