Friday, November 30, 2018

MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir presents Händel’s Messiah on Dec. 9

Area musicians combine their talents to present a performance of George Frideric Händel’s Messiah on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

“This is a special holiday tradition that has been performed in our community by local musicians every few years since the mid-1970s,” said Valerie Vander Mark, MCC Performing Arts Coordinator and concert producer. “Years ago it was sponsored by the Creative Arts Council, and I felt it was very important to continue the tradition. The most exciting thing about it for me is the different blend of talent that we get each time we perform it. Though Händel wrote this great work over 250 years ago, and we perform the same music each time, it is always a new mix of singers and instrumentalists, so it is never the same performance twice.”

Larry Moss, of Greenville, is directing this year’s performance.

Händel composed Messiah in 1741 in just 24 days. It was first performed in a concert given for charitable purposes in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742. Händel conducted the performance in person.

MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir – a community choir made up of 103 area musicians, representing 23 cities and 27 churches, and ranging in age from 15 to 91 years – will perform the concert.  Former area music teachers Jean and Keith Hudson have selected musicians for the orchestra and have been rehearsing with them.

Soloists include Karen Lincoln of Alma; Brenda Jolls of Carson City; Cynthia Batchelor and Greg and Val VanderMark, all of Greenville; Marian Flynn of Mecosta; Randy Masterson of Saranac; Lynne Welder, Deborah Baldwin and Katrina Nelson, all of Sheridan; and Hailey Petersen of Stanton;

For more information, contact MCC adjunct instructor Valerie Vander Mark at