Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University will present the 52nd annual performance of G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium on the MVNU campus. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family and can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.mvnu.edu/music.

This year’s presentation will be performed by the MVNU Choral Union, faculty and guest soloists and the chamber orchestra. The featured soloists are Elizabeth Barrett, MVNU music faculty member; Carolyn Redman, 1989 MVNU music alumna, classical performer and adjunct voice professor at Kenyon College and Denison University; Tyler Skidmore, 2004 MVNU music alumnus, music specialist with the Medina, Ohio, City School District and frequent area vocalist. And returning for his 22nd year as bass soloist is David Templeton, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at The College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. John Packard, MVNU Music Department Chair, and guest musician Michael Eaton will assist on trumpet. Jennifer Bell will premiere as the harpsichordist and Sharon Blaydes is the concertmaster.

The 160-voice Choral Union includes the combined choirs of MVNU as well as faculty, staff, alumni and community singers. Conducting the performance will be Dr. Robert Tocheff, Professor of Music in the MVNU Music Department.

A cookie and cider reception will be available at intermission.

MVNU has been offering Handel’s “Messiah” to the central Ohio community for over 50 years. The department is seeking sponsors, including alumni and businesses, who desire to invest in the future of the “Messiah” presentation and in the MVNU Music Department. To contribute financially to support this program, please visit www.mvnu.edu/give and select “Other Areas to Support” and then “Messiah.” For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Dr. Packard at John.Packard@mvnu.edu or Dr. Tocheff at Bob.Tocheff@mvnu.edu.

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