The fifth annual “Messiah” Community Sing-Along will be Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. The community is invited to come and sing Händel’s “Messiah” choruses under the direction of Dr. Lonnie McCalister, Lee University’s former dean of music.
The event will take place at the Chattanooga First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7450 Standifer Gap Road. This Chattanooga-area all-denominational event is free and is offered as a community service. This is an opportunity for audience participation in what has become the musical hallmark of the season. At the close of the Sing-Along, an offering will be taken at the door to benefit one of Chattanooga's charities.
The event includes a chamber orchestra, a core choir, and a children’s choir composed of members of the Chattanooga Girls' Choir. The chamber orchestra comprises community musicians from surrounding churches of various denominations, as are the vocalists for the core choir. Soloists are Cynthia Johnson, soprano; Andrea Dismukes, contralto; James Frost, tenor; and Tony Deaton, bass. Refreshments will follow the program.
Open choral rehearsals are Dec. 10 from 7–9:15 p.m., and Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at the church. All are welcome.
Nearly 500 people attend the Sing-Along every year. Participants may bring their own score; a limited number of chorus books are available on loan for the event. For more information, call 605-2468.
Driving directions: At intersection of Gunbarrel and Shallowford Road, take Gunbarrel north to roundabout. Church entrance is about 1/4 mile further on right.