"Messiah" performance advertisement

The Hanover College Concert Choir and a Louisville, Ky.-area festival orchestra will blend with the Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus to present the local organization’s 44th-annual performance of holiday music.

The combined choirs and orchestra, featuring more than 100 singers and instrumentalists, will perform selections from Handel’s oratorio “Messiah,” Sunday, Dec. 3, on Hanover’s campus in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The concert will begin at 2 p.m.

The performance includes the Christmas portion of “Messiah,” an extended Baroque masterwork for chorus, orchestra and soloists, and the singing of its most popular portion, the “Hallelujah” chorus.

Madlen Batchvarova, professor of music and director of choral programs at Hanover, will conduct the choirs and orchestra for the 15th consecutive year.

Tickets will be available at the door or by phone at (812) 213-2652.

All patrons are invited to attend a post-recital reception in the Greiner Art Gallery, which is adjacent to the recital hall.

This year's performance of “Messiah” is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County through a grant from the Clifford O. Taylor Memorial Endowment for the Performing Arts.