Handel’s oratorio “Messiah,” a work for music and voices celebrating the birth and resurrection of Jesus with its rousing “Hallelujah” chorus, a classic since its composition in 1741. Now to be performed for the 29th year in Sebastopol under conductor John Maas. Saturday, December 9, rom 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. An all-volunteer effort, all singers of any ability welcome, along with listeners. Accompaniment by a string quartet and trumpet; lead vocalists include Christa Durand, Elizabeth Henry, and Benjamin Mertz. Rehearsal Monday, December 4, 7:30-8:30 at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 North High Street, Sebastopol, in the north dining room facing Calder Creek.
Conductor John Maas has performed in the Oakland and San Francisco Symphony choirs, with the Sebastopol Joyful Noise Gospel Choir of Benjamin Mertz; directed choirs in Berkeley; and written more than 50 choral works performed throughout California, the United States and Canada, including Occidental Community Choir, UC Berkeley Repertory Choir, Pacific Edge Voices/Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Redwood Chorale, Sonoma County Chamber Singers, and Santa Rosa Junior College Choir.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
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