It is one of my favorite weekends of the year. In just two days I get to attend Handel's Messiah.
The Alabama Civic Chorale will do this for the 67th consecutive year. It is the second longest running performance in the United States (the Handel + Haydn Society of Boston ~ of course! ~ holds the record having started in 1853).
Bebe Clark Kok continues the tradition that her parents began in 1947.
I began my personal tradition of attending after we moved to Alabama in 2008. When I discovered that this free performance is available to "whosoever will", I was hooked. I wrote about my first visit here and a couple of years later here
Sometimes other people go with me (Mr. Marvelous, Jr., my friend Bobbie and my friend Beth have all accompanied me). Sometimes I go by myself. I always take my own copy of the music.
Every single time they get to the Hallelujah chorus I try to sing with them. After a few notes I can not sing any more. The tears start flowing and I am too caught up in the glory of the music to do anything more than breathe. I have to remind myself to do that.
Thank you, Alabama Civic Chorale.
Thank you, Mrs. Kok.
I'm looking forward to being with you once again.