‘Messiah’ sing-along Dec. 8 at Appalachian

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Article Published: Nov. 29, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 9, 2013

Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University will be the site for the ninth annual “Messiah” sing-along Sunday, Dec. 8.

The sing-along begins at 6 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. Admission is free.

“The ‘Messiah’ sing-along gives everyone, whether seasoned performers or shower singers, a chance to add their voices to this celebratory masterpiece,” said Dr. William L. Pelto, dean of the Hayes School of Music.

Music will be provided for the audience.

“Many places all over the world present annual ‘Messiah’ sing-alongs,” said Dr. Joby Bell, university organist and an associate professor in the Hayes School of Music. “I wanted the Boone community to have an opportunity to sing these favorite choruses in this informal setting. It has been so successful that we learned a few years ago never to cancel in case of foul weather.”

Voice students from the Hayes School of Music will sing the arias, and audience members will be invited to sing the chorus parts from part one of Handel’s “Messiah,” including “Hallelujah.”

Soloists are sopranos Madeline Hamrick and Mary Royall Hight, mezzzo-soprano Farren Hilliard, tenor Richard Martin and bass-baritones Coburn Jones, Joshua Joyner and Wilson White. The sing-along will be conducted by student conductors Caroline Kimrey and Christopher Langdon. Bell will provide the organ accompaniment.

For more information, call the Hayes School of Music at (828) 262-3020.

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