On Sunday at 3 p.m., a very special free performance of Handel’s Messiah will take place in the Willingham Theater at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center.
“This is the12th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah sponsored by the Yadkin Arts Council and we are looking forward to another great performance,” said Patrick Long, one of the even organizers. “The Messiah has become a tradition for the Yadkin Arts Council. It’s a timeless oratorio that kindles the Christmas season for most of us as we begin rehearsals in mid-October.”
Long said each year the groups seeks to involve new members in the special performance.
“We search for and welcome new vocal and instrumental talent within our community to join our group each year,” he said. “There is so much talent in Yadkin County, people who can sing, play classical instruments, and provide the technical aspects of our show. Each year we find new additions to enhance our performance, and this year we’ve added an oboist to our accompanists.
“A lot of people have asked me, ‘which church the choir is from,’ and I always explain that our chorus is non-denominational, and not from any one church,” Long explained. “Our members come from all over Yadkin County, and even a few from other counties. Most have choral or orchestral interests or experience from high school and college, or they just love to sing or play.”
Long said they anticipate a full house on Sunday for the performance. For more information, call the Yadkin Arts Council at 336-679-2941.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.