LOGAN – It won’t be the first time that Handel’s “Messiah” has been presented in the Logan Tabernacle but the concert on Saturday April 12th could be the last “Messiah” to be conducted here by Dr. John Ribera. Ribera is retiring from his job in the USU Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education and he will be moving out of the area soon.
On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Ribera said Handel composed this well known oratorio in 23 days during the darkest moments of his life. Yet it is a renewal and the message is universal.
“What is unique about this concert is that we are going to have individuals from the <span>American Festival Chorus, Bel Canto, Christmas Benefit Concert Choir, Imperial Glee Club, LDS Choirs, Men’s A Cappella of Cache Valley, First Presbyterian Chancellery Choir, St. John’s Episcopal Church Choir, and the Towne Singers,” Ribera added. </span>
The “Messiah” starts at 7 pm Saturday. There is no charge but a donation to the Cache Community Food Pantry is suggested. Ribera said Handel donated proceeds of his concerts to the poor and needy and that is a fitting Eastertide message.