Marietta College Oratorio Chorus prepares ‘Messiah’

File Photo Residents in the Marietta College Oratorio Chorus rehearse for a past performance of “The Messiah.” The community chorus is practicing 7-9 p.m. Mondays at the Hermann Fine Arts Center. The free performance is 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta.

MARIETTA — The Marietta College Oratorio Chorus, composed of residents, is rehearsing Monday evenings in preparation for the annual performance in December of Handel’s “Messiah.”

Rehearsals are 7-9 p.m. Mondays in room 217 of the Hermann Fine Arts Center.

Experience is not required and any resident interested in singing should attend the next rehearsal. Membership in the chorus is free.

This year will mark the Oratorio Chorus’ 92nd annual performance of “The Messiah,” which will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta. The concert is free and open to the public.

“The Messiah” was written in 1741 in 24 days. The oratorio was first performed in 1742 in Ireland.

“Handel’s ‘Messiah’ is some of the greatest music ever composed and it is such a wonderful experience to prepare and perform it each year,” said Jay Dougherty, director of choral activities at the college. “For anyone wanting to sing, it will be an unforgettable experience.”

For more information email jay.dougherty@marietta.edu.

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