Performers gather for church concert

MIDDLEBURY - Since its inception in 1984, the Middlebury Congregational Church hosts the area's annual "Messiah Sing" that attracts hundreds of singers and players from throughout Addison County, central and northern Vermont, and the Champlain valley area each year. This year's reading continues the tradition of featuring soloists drawn from communities throughout Vermont, including vocalists Leila Menard McVeigh, Grace Weber, Joe McVeigh, and Heidi Willis; Greg Vitercik, harpsichord; and instrumentalists Sofia Hirsch, Ellen Vitercik, Molly Bidwell, and Chris Diehl-Noble. Harpsichord builder Robert Hicks of Lincoln, Vermont, provides a hand-crafted instrument for the event. Jeff Rehbach, director of the Middlebury College Community Chorus, leads the reading of this famous work by George Frederic Handel for choir and orchestra.

Singers, instrumentalists and all who enjoy music are warmly welcomed to sing and play. Come join friends and neighbors for a joyous afternoon of community music-making at the Middlebury Congregational Church, beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, Dec. 19. A $5 contribution ($10/family) is requested at the door.

Chorus scores and orchestra parts (for strings, oboe/flute, bassoon, and trumpets) are provided, as we read many of the finest choruses from this beloved 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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