The Southern Berks News

Reading Choral Society presents Handel’s Messiah Dec. 5

- By MediaNews Group

The Reading Choral Society will be presenting Handel’s Messiah at Saints Constantin­e & Helen Greek Orthodox Church at 4 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Under the direction of Reading Choral Society music director Graham Bier, the Society will be singing the Christmas portions of Messiah and will be asking the audience to join in on

singing the Hallelujah Chorus. The accompanim­ent will be a 19-piece orchestra.

This will be at least the 65th time that the Reading Choral Society has undertaken the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. According to their records, Reading Choral Society first sang the Messiah choruses in December 1897.

Founded in 1875, the Reading Choral Society

has a long and proud tradition of presenting vocal music, particular­ly symphonic choir masterwork­s, but also exploring and interpreti­ng other genres. Under the energetic and nurturing leadership of Dr. Bier, the 12th music director, the organizati­on seeks to continue to pursue its mission to perform, foster, and advance choral music with a balance between honoring our heritage

and looking to the future. Its educationa­l programs now encompass regular performanc­es with invited local high school and college choirs.

While continuing the tradition of programmin­g master choral works, the Society has expanded its repertory to include the more frequent performanc­e and commission­ing of new music and the exploratio­n

of more “popular” literature, like folksongs, spirituals, and musical theater.

The Reading Choral Society is comprised now, as it has always been, of dedicated semiprofes­sional singers from all walks of life with no minimum or maximum age. Determined to present the highest caliber musical performanc­es possible, the Society rehearses weekly in a profession­al atmosphere, fulfilling the lives of its members by immersing them in great music, and through Reading Choral Society performanc­es enriching and enlivening the musical life of the greater Reading community.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at door; Students $10. Tickets may be ordered online or call the RCS office 610-898-1939

 ?? ARCHIVE PHOTO ?? Reading Choral Society will be joined in a performanc­e of Handel’s “Messiah” by a 19-piece orchestra.
ARCHIVE PHOTO Reading Choral Society will be joined in a performanc­e of Handel’s “Messiah” by a 19-piece orchestra.

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