The Sounds of Christmas Echoing Through Charleston Sanctuaries

December 1, 2016, 3:28 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (LEYLA GULEN, WTAT-TV) — The sights of the holiday season are going up all around us, and the sounds of Christmas are now echoing through Charleston sanctuaries.

In the midst of door buster sales and visiting with Santa, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is putting the final touches on its holiday performance of the deeply spiritual ‘Messiah’.

23 musicians and 40 chamber singers are coming together for three performances across the Lowcountry.

“This is everyone’s favorite choral work. It actually has three parts to it. The parts talk about the coming of the Messiah and talks about his life, the crucifixion and resurrection and the last part talks about how his Christian message is spread all around the world.”

“All of the text we are singing about comes from the Bible,” said Awet Andemicael. “It shows us the fulfillment of the prophecy, but it also shows us how powerful the word of God can be.”

“When you hear it complete, you feel complete, because it goes from a very dark key of E minor, a very sad key, and it goes through all of the parts we talk about and ends with a bright D major when everyone is redeemed.”

“I’m not playing a role, I’m just myself,” said Awet. “And I get to declare something that is very close to my heart, something I truly believe and I get a chance to interact with the audience in a way.”

Performances begin Thursday night at Charleston’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Friday’s performance will be in Summerville and the third and final performance will be on Saturday in Mount Pleasant.

For more information on tickets, click here.