The Western Carolina University School of Music will present the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.
The performance will feature the WCU Concert Choir and University Chorus, directed by Michael Lancaster, in collaboration with the Western Carolina Community Chorus, directed by Robert Holquist, and the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra, directed by William Henigbaum.
“First performed for a benefit concert in Dublin, Ireland, in 1742, ‘Messiah’ rapidly became a favorite of both the Christmas and Easter seasons,” said Will Peebles, director of the School of Music. “The Christmas portion is probably the most famous part of the oratorio in the United States, and is generally concluded with the world-famous ‘Hallelujah’ chorus, as it will be during the Dec. 11 performance.”
Ticket prices are $15 for the general public; $10 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors; and $5 for students and children. Tickets will be available at the door and by calling the Bardo Center box office at (828)227-2479. All proceeds will be used for music student scholarships.
For more information, call the School of Music at (828)227-7242.