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November 22, 2013
Vol. 55 No. 11

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Community to sing with SU choirs

The SU Choir, Chorale, Chamber Singers and Orchestra will be hosting an interactive show and fund raiser this Sunday, Nov. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Stretansky Hall.
This show will be a performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah," including the Hallelujah Chorus. Members of the community can and are encouraged to perform alongside the members of these organizations.
The originator of this idea was Associate Professor of Music Julia Brasher Thorn.
Thorn said: "Messiah sing-alongs have been done throughout history all over the world. I decided to schedule the event after hearing that one had not been done in this area in quite some time."
Thorn highlights the fact that anyone can be a part of this performance.
Thorn said: "A Messiah sing-along gives everyone, whether seasoned performers or shower singers, a chance to add their voices to this celebratory masterpiece. It also gives exposure to the work to students as part of an ensemble and provides opportunities for them to audition and prepare the solos."
There have not been any rehearsals and there will not be any rehearsals for those in the community who want to sing along.
Thorn continued: "Everyone will just show up and lift their voices in song. It will be suggested that all singers sit in sections with others on their part for more enjoyment of the event. There are resources on the internet for help in preparing their part for those that feel they need extra rehearsal."
Thorn said that the students who are performing will not have had much more rehearsal time than that.
"The students in the choirs and orchestra have had limited rehearsal time, as we want them to have the same kind of informal experience with the music that the community members will have. All of the choruses have been rehearsed some, but certainly not to the extent that they would be for a [normal] performance of Messiah," Thorn said.
Junior music major Matt Tiramani echoed this sentiment.
Tiramani said: "We have spent a little time during rehearsals throughout the semester going over the choruses. As we were preparing for the choral concert, we needed to focus on that repertoire, but singing through Messiah choruses has been a constant throughout the mid-to-late portions of the semester. Soloists have also been rehearsing with the orchestra to make sure everything is ready for the performance."
The choruses that will be performed are "And the Glory of the Lord," "And He Shall Purify," "Glory to God," "For Unto Us a Child is Born," "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion," "His Yoke is Easy" and "Hallelujah."
Those who would like to participate in the singing can download the scores to the choruses at
There will also be copies of the scores in the lobby for those who are unable to obtain them prior to arriving.
The cost for entry into the event for audience members and those who wish to sing with the chorus is $10.
The proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to offset the cost of the SU Choir tour.


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