Community SING of Handel’s Messiah

Community SING of Handel’s Messiah 2007

2nd Annual Community Sing of Handel’s MESSIAH
Saturday, December 20, 2008
at 7:30 pm

St. James Church, Chatham, NY
(corner of Rtes 203 & 66)

Gwen Gould, conductor
with instrumental ensemble
Solos to be sung by entire sections!

Bring your voice out of the shower and jumpstart the Holiday Season by singing Handel’s Messiah with your family, friends, and neighbors!

Tickets are $10 at the door; $8 in advance (online only at



[Chatham, NY] – The Columbia Festival Orchestra invites you to join with your neighbors and fellow music lovers in a Community Sing of Handel’s Messiah on Friday, December 20th at 7:30 pm at St. James Church in Chatham, at the corner of Rtes 66 and 203.

What is a Sing? It’s when YOU, the members of the audience, become the performers. It’s what you dream about when you sing your favorite arias in the shower!  All who attend will sing the chorus parts and even the solos! Listeners are welcome too.

Supported by an instrumental ensemble of strings and conducted by Gwen Gould, you will have the opportunity to sing the Christmas Portion of Messiah and end with the Halleluia Chorus.

Student instrumentalists are invited to join with the professional quartet of CFO string players to accompany Handel’s Messiah on this occasion.  The CFO’s “Take a Seat…in the Orchestra” mentoring program has just received a generous grant from the First Niagara Bank Foundation’s “Mentoring Matters” program to support their participation on this and other programs of the CFO during its 2008-09 season.  The professional players of the CFO will serve as mentors for the participating students.  To sign up, students should contact “Take a Seat” Program Coordinator, Heidi Liscomb, at 518-766-0415 or

“This is not a performance, it’s an event!” says conductor Gould, “and a joyful way to start the holiday season.” Scores will be provided and light refreshments will be served during the break.

Tickets are $10 at the door; $8 in advance (online only at

The Columbia Festival Orchestra, a professional orchestra featuring top-notch musicians from the tri-state area, was founded in 1988 by artistic director and conductor, Gwen Gould.  Its mission is to present classical music and other concerts to the highest degree of excellence and to cultivate an appreciation of the art of music in young people and adults.

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