trce1_webA special Messiah Concert will be held Tuesday, March 27, 7:30pm, at the First Baptist Church on the Town Square in Burnsville. It’s always free and the most beautiful sounding “voice” in the town.

The Concert  will feature Parts II and III of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah (also known as the Easter Messiah). Joining the orchestra for this performance will be the voices of the Community Chorus.

The oratorio was structured in three parts; Part I is more recognizable during the Holiday season. Part II of this masterful musical work covers Christ’s passion and his death, his resurrection and ascension, the first spreading of the gospel through the world, and a definitive statement of God’s glory, which is summarized in the “Hallelujah.” Part III begins with the promise of redemption, followed by a prediction of the day of judgment and the “general resurrection,” ending with the final victory over sin and death and the acclamation of Christ. An awe-inspiring concert that will vibrate throughout the chapel.

The Toe River Chamber Ensemble is TRAC’s own community orchestra. First organized in 1975, the all-volunteer Ensemble consists of approximately two dozen local musicians of all ages who meet weekly to rehearse. The Ensemble, together for over 30 years, are musicians from Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Madison, and Buncombe Counties, and from many backgrounds, professions and ages — farmers, librarians, salespeople, potters, ministers, photographers, office and construction workers, teachers and students, doctors and hospital technicians; the list goes on and on. It is an interesting cross-section and a demographic blend created by a shared love of classical music. 

Lisa Mauney, the Ensemble’s current director, points out that the Chamber Ensemble continually welcomes new players, particularly those of orchestral string or wind instruments. The current group rehearses weekly at the First Baptist Church in Burnsville.

And like the Ensemble, the Community Choir is an all volunteer group that will be lead this year by Jessica Crim. 


Do you play? Want to contribute beautiful music to your community. Got a bit of time to rehearse? And have fun? If you’re interested in joining the Ensemble, give Denise a call at the Burnsville TRAC office, 828.682.7215. Planning has begun for the 2018 season of music in our mountains.




The Toe River Chamber Ensemble is made possible in part by a Grassroots Arts Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Cultural and Natural Resources Department, a state agency and by those individuals and organizations who believe in the benefits of music. Want to help the Arts Council keep the music flowing, sponsor more concerts? Donate to the Chamber Ensemble today.


 Photography by Steve Buettner
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