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Alleluia! "The Messiah" comes to Middlebury

Singers, instrumentalists and all who enjoy music are cordially invited to sing and play in the annual Middlebury, Vermont reading of Handel's oratorio, The Messiah. Come join friends and neighbors for a joyous afternoon of community music-making at the Middlebury Congregational Church, beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. A $5 contribution ($10/family) is requested at the door. Since its inception in 1984, the annual sing-along each year attracts hundreds of singers and players from throughout Addison County, central and northern Vermont, and the Champlain valley area. This year's reading continues the tradition of featuring soloists drawn from communities throughout Vermont, including vocalists Leila McVeigh, Iris Oxford, Grace Weber, Louise Whalen Wright, Jonathon Landell, and Fran_s Clemmons. Solo orchestra players include Sofia Hirsch, Molly Morrison, Molly Bidwell, and Carole Fenn. Jeff Rehbach leads the reading, with Larry Hamberlin at the harpsichord, built by Lincoln resident Robert Hicks, Jr. Rehbach has served as the conductor of the Middlebury College Chamber Singers, and is director of the Middlebury College Community Chorus. Chorus scores and orchestra parts (for strings, oboe/flute, bassoon, and trumpets) are provided, as we read many of the finest choruses from this famous oratorio. If you have your own copy of the Messiah, please bring it along. If you plan to play in the orchestra, please bring a music stand and arrive ten minutes early. For more information, email rehbach@middlebury.edu or leave a message at 443-5811.

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