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'Messiah' Watch 2015: Where To Catch Performances Around The State

Billy Reed
A copy of the original, handwritten score of Handel's Messiah, on display at the Chapter House of Chester Cathedral, Chester, U.K.

With the holiday season come performances of Handel's Messiah

Know of a Messiah performance or sing-along not listed here?  Tell us about it!

Vermont Philharmonic and Chorus
Lisa Jablow will conduct with Mary Bonhag, soprano; Ana Maria Ugarte, contralto; Brian Landry, tenor; Tim Wilfong, baritone.

Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Bethany Church, Montpelier

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
Barre Opera House, Barre

Friends of Music at Guilford 45th Community Messiah Sing
Terry Larsen conducts Margery McCrum, soprano; Justina Golden, mezzo-soprano; James Anderson, tenor; Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone; William McKim, organ.

Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.
Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro

Rutland Area Chorus and Orchestra
Jennifer Carpenter will conduct with Allison Devery, soprano; Amy Frostman, alto; Cameron Steinmetz, tenor; Zebulun McLellan, bass.

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3:30 and 7 p.m.
Grace Church, Rutland

Charlotte Congregational Church 5th annual Messiah Sing-Along
Anne Decker conducts soprano Sarah Cullins; mezzo Linda Radtke, tenor Wayne Hobbs; bass Erik Kroncke and an instrumental ensemble.

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.
Charlotte Congregational Church

Burlington Choral Society Messiah Sing-Along
Richard Riley conducts an open reading of "Part 1: The Christmas portion."

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington

Bellows Falls Community Messiah Sing-Along
Candace Montesi conducts with organist Bill McKim

Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.
United Church of Bellows Falls

Woodstock's 32nd annual Messiah Sing
Pentangle Arts presents and Louis Burkot directs

Sunday Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.
Our Lady of the Snows Church
Woodstock, VT

Middlebury College Community Chorus Messiah Sing
Jeff Rehbach conducts

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.
Middlebury Congregational Church

Upper Valley Music Center Messiah Sing with Orchestra
Jane Woods conducts

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Lebanon United Methodist Church
Lebanon, NH

Burlington Chamber Orchestra and Messiah Festival Chorus
David Neiweem will conduct with Sarah Cullins, soprano; Erin Grainger, mezzo-soprano; Bruce Barger, tenor; Benjamin Dickerson, baritone.

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
Elley-Long Music Center, Colchester

Stowe 24th Annual Messiah Community Sing-In
Jane Bouffard Lambert conducts orchestra and soloists

Monday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.
Stowe Community Church
(802) 253-7257

St. James Episcopal Church 12th annual Messiah Sing-Along
Scott Smedinghoff directs soprano Robyn Madison; alto Katie Beck; tenor Paul Lambert; bass Mark Madison and a chamber orchestra.

Sunday, Dec. 27 at 3 p.m.
St. James Episcopal Church
Arlington, VT
(802) 375-9952

Randolph New Year's Day Messiah Sing
Dick Drysdale directs

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Bethany Church
Randolph, VT

Do you have a performance to add to the list? Let us know by contacting us here.

After graduate studies in musicology at New York University, Walter began his radio career at WNCN in New York. He joined Vermont Public in 1984.
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