A Holiday Tradition for Singers and Music Lovers – Handel’s Messiah at First Congregational Church

Since 1966 First Congregational Church has presented Part I of Handel’s Messiah, the Christmas portion, concluding with the Hallelujah chorus.  The First Church Festival Chorus, 75 singers strong, is accompanied by the First Church Chamber Orchestra, with professional soloists for the performance.

The 53rd annual performance will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm. A free-will offering will be received.

If you have choral experience, you are encouraged to join the First Church Festival Chorus for the annual Messiah concert.

While community participation is central to the event, the performance will be anchored by an illustrious set of professional soloists, including Rise Renea Harman soprano, Sarah Bleasdale, mezzo soprano, Daniel Young, tenor, and Constantine Novotny, bass.

“Everyone who has some choral experience is welcome to join this special Festival Chorus,” said Dr. Craig Symons, Minister of Music at First Church.  “We want everyone who loves to sing to experience the joy of performing this great holiday piece with a full Chamber Orchestra and a core group of very talented regular Chorus members.”

There is only one choir rehearsal on Monday, December 9 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Meetinghouse.

There is also a dress rehearsal with orchestra on Wednesday, December 11 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.  There is a refundable score deposit of $20.  There are no auditions; everyone is welcome.

Singers interested in joining the Festival Chorus should come to the Monday rehearsal or contact Craig Symons, [email protected].

The performance is open to the public and a free-will offering will be received, with suggested $20 donation.

Contact Dr. Craig Scott Symons, [email protected], for more information.