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Greenville Choral Union and Orchestra to Perform Handel's Messiah on Sunday, December 8

Greenville Choral Union and Orchestra to Perform Handel's Messiah on Sunday, December 8

The Greenville Choral Union and Orchestra will celebrate their 83rd performance of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Whitlock Music Center on the campus of Greenville College. In addition to listening to this perennial favorite, the audience will have opportunity to sing carols along with the Choral Union and Orchestra.

The 110-voice Choral Union and the 35-piece Orchestra includes members of south central Illinois communities in addition to students, staff, and faculty members from Greenville College. This year, four professional vocalists will sing the solos in “Messiah.” They are: soprano, Sarah Coleman Toth (Sydney, Australia), mezzo-soprano, Katharine Lawton Brown (St. Louis, Missouri), tenor, Terrince Tackett (St. Louis, Missouri), and baritone, Jeffrey Heyl (St. Louis, Missouri).

Twelve professional instrumentalists from the St. Louis area will join the Greenville Chamber Orchestra, directed by Ms. Charity Briles, Instructor of Violin at Greenville College. The accompanist for the Choral Union, Ms. Sarah Todd, is also a Piano Instructor at Greenville College. Greenville resident Carlo van Ulft, a professional carillonist (Centralia, IL), will serve as organist. Dr. Jeff Wilson, Director of Choral Activities at Greenville College and Music Director of the Greenville Choral Union, will conduct the concert.

Seating for the concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. An offering will be taken to help defray the costs of the concert. 

Immediately following the concert there will be a reception at the Tidball Alumni House on the Greenville College campus (at the corner of College Avenue and Elm Street).

For those who are not able to attend the performance, the concert will be broadcast live on WGRN, 89.5 FM

For more information about the Greenville Choral Union and Greenville Chamber Orchestra, please contact the Greenville College Department of Music at (618) 664-6560.

This story was published on December 02, 2013

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