‘Mes­siah’ sing-along Sun­day

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - MUSIC - STAFF RE­PORT

It’s not Christ­mas with­out a per­for­mance of the “Mes­siah,” and the pub­lic is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in singing Han­del’s clas­sic ora­to­rio Sun­day, Dec. 9.

First Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church will host its an­nual “Mes­siah” sing-along at 3 p.m. Sun­day at the church, 7450 Stan­difer Gap Road. Dr. Lon­nie McCal­is­ter, Lee Univer­sity’s for­mer dean of the School of Mu­sic, will con­duct the per­for­mance.

This all-de­nom­i­na­tional event is free and of­fered as a com­mu­nity ser­vice. It’s a one-of-a-kind op­por­tu­nity for au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion in what is be­com­ing a lo­cal mu­si­cal hol­i­day tra­di­tion — nearly 500 peo­ple at­tended last year. There is no charge to par­tic­i­pate or to sit in the au­di­ence and en­joy the mu­sic, how­ever a love of­fer­ing will be col­lected.

Each year’s event in­cludes a cham­ber orches­tra and pro­fes­sional soloists. This year’s soloists are Cyn­thia John­son, so­prano; Ju­lia Becker, mezzo-so­prano; An­drea Dis­mukes, con­tralto; James Frost, tenor; and Tony Deaton, bass.

Singers are in­vited to bring their scores, sit by sec­tions and sing the ora­to­rio’s cho­ruses. A lim­ited num­ber of cho­rus books will be avail­able for use in the event.

Re­fresh­ments will fol­low the pro­gram.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-605-2468.

To get there: At in­ter­sec­tion of Gun­bar­rel and Shal­low­ford Road, take Gun­bar­rel north to round­about. Con­tinue straight across on the round­about, and Gun­bar­rel will be­come Stan­difer Gap Road. The church en­trance is about a quar­ter-mile down Stan­difer Gap on the right. There is plenty of park­ing on-site.

FIRST SDA CHURCH CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Singers from around the re­gion fill First Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church to par­tic­i­pate in a pre­vi­ous “Mes­siah” sing-along.

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