Tarleton choirs, civic chorale to perform Handel’s Messiah Dec. 6

Tarleton State University's choirs, the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale and members of the Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra will combine for the 35th annual presentation of Handel's Messiah on Dec. 6.

STEPHENVILLE (December 2, 2014) — Composed in 1741 and based on Biblical text, Handel’s Messiah, the well-known oratorio foretelling Christ’s birth, most famously through its magnificent “Hallelujah Chorus,” will be performed by the Tarleton State University choral program and Cross Timbers Civic Chorale and accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

The holiday masterpiece will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center auditorium. The concert is open to the general public and admission is $12. Tickets go on sale one hour prior to the performance at the box office.

This year marks the 35th annual presentation of theMessiah on the Stephenville campus, which will include several members of the choir who sang the very first concert, including Cathy Knoll, Brad Allen, Steve Chambers, Leesa Levisay, Sena Leese and Lynn Christopher.

In all, 110 vocalists and approximately 50 members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will combine for this holiday tradition, all under the direction of Dr. Troy Robertson, director of choirs at Tarleton.

Former Tarleton professor and director of choirs Dr. Chuck Rives will join the ensemble as guest conductor, as well as faculty members Dr. Heather Hawk and Dr. Iwao Asakura, who will serve as featured soloists during the presentation of the Messiah.

Tarleton State University's choirs, the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale and members of the Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra will combine for the 35th annual presentation of Handel's Messiah on Dec. 6.
Tarleton State University’s choirs, the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale and members of the Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra will combine for the 35th annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 6.

In addition to Messiah, the choirs will present several carols, mostly a cappella, including Fum, Fum Fum, The Holly and The Ivy, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen and Peter J. Wilhousky’s famous arrangement of Carol of the Bells.

“Handel’s Messiah is one of the most durable, recognizable symbols of the holiday season. It has enjoyed a 272-year uninterrupted performance history,” said Robertson. “We are thrilled to be continuing that history with the 35th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah by Tarleton’s choral ensembles and the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale.”

The upcoming holiday concert featuring Messiah, is just one of many performances open to the public presented by Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts. For more information about future concerts and events at the Fine Arts Center, visit www.tarleton.edu/finearts.

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