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‘Messiah’ practice begins this Sunday

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The tradition of a biennial Messiah performance at Christmas time returns on Sunday, December 14, at First United Methodist Church, 113 W. Central Avenue in Van Wert. Chorus rehearsals begin this Sunday, November 9, from 3-5 p.m., in the First UM sanctuary.

Those involved in the 2010 performance of Handel's "Messiah" pose in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary. (photo submitted)
Those involved in the 2010 performance of Handel’s “Messiah” pose in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary. (photo submitted)

The chorus is open to anyone high school age or older who likes to sing. Rookie singers, as well as seasoned veterans, are encouraged to join the chorus. Music books are available for those who do not own their own copy.  Rehearsals will continue Sunday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. until the performance on December 14.

The first part of Handel’s Messiah will be performed, along with the “Hallelujah Chorus”, “The Trumpet Shall Sound” and “Worthy is the Lamb/Amen Chorus”. Soloists for the performance are Kirsten Osbun-Manley of Ohio Northern University, Tina Bunce of Bowling Green, Shawn and Richard Mathey of Bowling Green, and Sean Cooper of Bowling Green State University.

Paul Hoverman, First U.M. Senior Choir director, will conduct and organist/pianist Gloria Wendel will accompany. The performance will be with organ, harpsichord, and a 13-piece professional chamber orchestra.

Any questions may be directed to Paul Hoverman at The Van Wert County Foundation, 419.238.1743 or by email at paul@vanwertcountyfoundation.org. The Messiah performance is underwritten by The Van Wert County Foundation, in cooperation with First United Methodist Church.

POSTED: 11/06/14 at 8:34 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News