When it comes to classical music, there are many opportunities during the holiday season to be a spectator.
But the 39th annual Messiah Sing-Along at First Presbyterian Church lets you do a very special thing: participate.
As many as 700 singers are expected for this year’s event, says conductor Julie Carter, director of music at the church. Listeners are also welcome. “There is nothing in music quite as exciting as sitting in the midst of an ensemble of hundreds of singers performing Handel’s magnificent ‘Messiah,’ ” Carter says in a press release.
Organist is Walter Saul, noted local composer and Fresno Pacific University professor. The orchestra is organized by Gaylene Jo, a founding member of the Sierra Valley String Quartet. Needless to say, all those voices plus an orchestra produces a massive sound.
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For solos in the piece, anyone who wishes to tackle one can stand and join in. Soloists are encourage to sit toward the front.
Those attending are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to be distributed through local charities. Following the performance, the church will serve a soup and bread supper.
- 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29
- First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St.