Festival Chorus to perform Christmas Concert, Sing-Along Messiah

December 2, 2015

The Festival Chorus at Harper College is wrapping up its 50th anniversary year, but not before the community is invited to two of its most popular annual offerings.

First, the Chorus will present its Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The performance will include “Gloria” by Randol Alan Bass, “When Icicles Hang” by John Rutter and music of the season. Admission is $12 to $18, and free for children five and under.

Later this month, the Festival Chorus will take a cue from a longstanding Chicago holiday tradition and hold its third annual Sing-Along Messiah Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14.

Similar to the International Music Foundation's annual Do-It-Yourself Messiah concert downtown, a professional orchestra will accompany both Harper's non-audition community ensemble and festive audience members in singing Handel's “Messiah,” led by Conductor Ann Espel. Tickets are $15. A limited number of scores will be available for purchase, or concert-goers can bring their own.

Both performances take place in the Performing Arts Center on Harper’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The Festival Chorus, part of Harper Continuing Education's Community Music Center, is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

For tickets, call the Harper College Box Office at 847.925.6100 or visit harpercollege.edu/boxoffice.

Media contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159