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Greenville Choral Union to Celebrate 86th Anniversary Season of Community Messiah Performances

Greenville Choral Union to Celebrate 86th Anniversary Season of Community Messiah Performances

The Greenville Choral Union and Orchestra will celebrate their 86th performance of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah on Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. in the Whitlock Music Center on the campus of Greenville College (Greenville, IL).  In addition to listening to this perennial favorite, the audience will have opportunity to hear Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria and sing Christmas carols along with the Choral Union and Orchestra.

The 100-voice Choral Union and the 30-piece Orchestra includes members of south central Illinois communities in addition to students, staff, and faculty members from Greenville College and Kaskaskia College.  Members of the Choral Union will sing the vocal solos for this year’s performance. 

Ten professional instrumentalists from the St. Louis area will join the Greenville Chamber Orchestra, directed by Gary Erickson, Professor of Music at Greenville College. The Kaskaskia College Concert Choir, under the direction of Lynda Marshall, will also join the Greenville Choral Union. Kimberly Werner, Staff Accompanist and Instructor at Greenville College, serves as accompanist for the Choral Union and organist for the concert. Dr. Jeff Wilson, Director of Choral Activities at Greenville College and Music Director of the Greenville Choral Union, will conduct the concert.

Seating for the concert will begin at 3:30 p.m.  An offering will be taken to help defray the costs of the concert. 

Immediately following the concert there will be a reception at the Tidball Alumni House on the Greenville College campus (at the corner of College Avenue and Elm Street).

For those who are not able to attend the performance, the concert will be broadcast live on WGRN, 89.5 FM. 

For more information about the Greenville Choral Union and Greenville Chamber Orchestra, please contact the Greenville College Department of Music at (618) 664-6560.

This story was published on November 13, 2016




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