Musicians and non-musicians alike are invited to Christ Lutheran Church Dec. 6 for a free “sing-a-long” performance of Handel’s Messiah, one of the most majestic pieces of Christmas music ever written. Professional soloists and instrumentalists will give excellent quality to this performance, directed by Dr. Tom Goleeke, former head of the vocal music department at the University of Puget Sound.
“The only requirement to sing is the desire”, Goleeke said, “though it is always helpful, certainly, but not a requirement, to read music”. Those who don’t wish to sing are invited to come and listen. This will be Christ Lutheran’s 16th Messiah Sing-A-Long, a part of Christ Lutheran’s 50th anniversary celebration. The previous Sing-A-Long Messiah performances were also directed by Dr. Goleeke, most recently in 2002.
The Messiah Sing-A-Long is a gift to the community from Christ Lutheran. There is no charge for admission. There will be an opportunity to make a contribution for future Messiah Sing-A-Long performances. Participants and listeners are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to help local food banks. This will continue the tradition begun by Handel of donating proceeds from Messiah performances to charity.
The Messiah will be performed at 2 p.m. Dec. 6, at Christ Lutheran Church, 8211 112th Street Southwest, Lakewood. Messiah scores will be available for those needing music. Information, call 582-0331.