Hallelujah! Sing & Play Along Messiah! returns
December 11, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
Christmas revelers can create a joyful noise and benefit Issaquah Community Services as St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church hosts Sing & Play Along Messiah! — a concert to aid people in need throughout the community.
Proceeds from the event go to Issaquah Community Services’ Merry Christmas Issaquah fund.
“The real intent behind ‘Messiah’ was and still is to benefit the needs of the local community,” said Jason Anderson, associate for liturgical arts and youth formation at the downtown Issaquah church.
George Frideric Handel composed “Messiah” in 1741 to illustrate scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. “Messiah” ranks among the best-known musical works from the Baroque period, and the piece is especially popular around Christmas
St. Michael’s conducts annual performances to benefit Issaquah Community Services. The event last year raised $1,300 to support the organization.
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Sing & Play Along Messiah!
“Folks can come, sing, play or just listen if they prefer to do that,” Anderson said.
The concert is scheduled for Dec. 16 and revelers plan to gather for a reception after the music.
“It’s just a different way to approach the holidays,” Anderson said. “Rather than going to something and paying to hear it, but actually being a participant in it.”
The event is open to musicians of all ages and skill levels.
“Like I say every year before we start, ‘If you make a mistake, just pick up and keep on going,’” Anderson said.
Issaquah Community Services is the all-volunteer nonprofit organization responsible for dispersing the donations to families living inside Issaquah School District boundaries.
Merry Christmas Issaquah is the organization’s most important fundraiser all year. Issaquah Community Services’ goal for 2012 is $75,000.
The organization offers rent assistance if eviction is imminent, help with utility bills if the provider is threatening shutoff, or emergency transportation.
The city provides office space and overhead for Issaquah Community Services, so 100 percent of donations go to people in need.
Merry Christmas Issaquah — spearheaded by The Issaquah Press since 1981 — has received more than $785,000 in donations since.