The Worcester Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Shepard, accompanied by the Festival Orchestra, guest organist, harpsichord, and distinguished soloists, will perform the Advent and Christmas portions of the great oratorio, G.F. Handel's Messiah.
The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester has the unique distinction of being one of the most outstanding ongoing choral groups in the United States, having been founded in 1858 to sing in the first annual Worcester Music Festival in the newly-built Mechanics Hall. Its repertoire includes not only the Western world's finest choral masterpieces, but also contemporary literature, arrangements of American folk songs, classics from the musical theater, and commissioned works. Each year the chorus performs with orchestras and soloists in Mechanics Hall as part of the Music Worcester season, including an annual performance of Handel's Messiah. The Worcester Chorus has also made guest appearances throughout the Northeast and overseas.
For over 100 years, this annual Messiah holiday concert has served as a local tradition and an integral part of Music Worcester, The semi-professional adult chorus will be joined by high school students through the Festival Singers program, an educational outreach effort of the Chorus for interested local students, currently including participants from South Community High School and Wachusett Regional High School.
A pre-concert lecture will be presented by Dr. Steven Ledbetter at 7:00 PM in Washburn Hall on the 2nd floor of Mechanics Hall.