By RODNEY D. BOAM
Anna Gray has spent the last seven years organizing and rehearsing the Preston Chamber Orchestra and soloists for George Frederic Handel’s Messiah sing-along. Each year the production gets better and better. The orchestra continues to grow in numbers and the soloists change, but every year the quality of the performance improves.
The Messiah sing-along 2013 will be held at the Worm Creek Opera House on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Gray would like people who have their own scores to bring them. There are some available for those who might need one.
Like other communities across the country, the Preston community is invited to take part in a Christmas musical feast. The Preston Chamber Orchestra will provide their part of Handel’s most famous work, while some of the area’s best-known vocalists will be on hand to perform the music written by Handel to celebrate Easter. Over time it became a Christmas classic.
“We have some pretty good soloists this year,” Gray said.
Soloists for this year’s performance are: Mary Olsen, Dale Olsen, Afton Perry, Rivkah Steele Wright, Jennifer Seamons, Dave Weatherspoon and Debra Baldwin.
The Messiah sing-along is a fun tradition in Franklin County’s holiday celebration, with the audience participation growing every year.
Tickets for the sing-along can be purchased early for $1 at Stokes MarketPlace, The Preston Citizen or from orchestra members. Tickets can also be purchased the evening of the performance at the door for $3. Gray invites everyone to come and sing or just listen.
This story is sponsored by The Preston Citizen Bookstore.
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