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Handel's Messiah performance available to view online this year

COVID-19 could not stop the majesty of Handel’s Messiah and the well-honored tradition of its December performance. 

Alumni and friends of Greenville University can view the 90th performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah presented online this year by the Greenville Choral Union and Orchestra. 

With COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, the decision to go online was made by Dr. Don Frazure, in consultation with Dr. Terrell Carter, who manages facilities and COVID-19 protocols for hosting people on campus.

Paul Sunderland, GU’s music department chair, and Dr. Frazure researched ways to safely rehearse, and ended up purchasing a mask especially designed for singers

Directing the Messiah this year is GU’s new interim choral director, Dr. Don Frazure. The reduced orchestra and small but mighty choir is joined by Greenville University’s accompanist Rebecca Koebe. Also a part of the performance this year are GU Sophomore Marissa Horning, a Worship Arts and Ministry major, and Vocal Music Instructor Grace Denton.

The Greenville Choral Union presents Handel's Messiah online this year

The Choral Union hopes to invite guests to an in-person performance next year. Until then, they welcome GU’s extended family nationwide to enjoy an online performance of the Messiah and other Christmas selections at 4 p.m. December 6, on Greenville University’s website. The video will be available to view anytime after that date.

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

This story was published on November 30, 2020

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