‘Messiah’ sing-along returns

Hosted by the Williamsport Music Club, the “Messiah” sing-along will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St.

With an orchestra directed by Theodore Lentz, the program will consist of selections from all three parts of the oratorio and will include an intermission.

The event will be a sing-along and will give hobbyist musicians as well as professional musicians the opportunity to sing this great oratorio again.

It will be an opportunity for all who wish to participate in joining other voices in a re-creation of this classic music of Handel.

Singers and church choirs and appreciative listeners are invited to participate. A limited amount of vocal scores will be available for loan at the event. Singers are encouraged to bring their own vocal scores if possible. If you wish, the music (which is in the public domain) can be downloaded from the internet ahead of time on a tablet (find the pdf on IMSLP). All those who just wish to come and hear the Messiah are welcome. Messiah sing-alongs occur all over the world, from the Royal Albert Hall in London, The Netherlands, New York City, Chicago, Canada, Seattle and even China.

In past years, the Williamsport Civic Chorus held a Messiah presentation, along with orchestra.

A 2010 graduate of Mansfield University’s Music Education Department, Lentz has experience as a teacher and performer in multiple venues, including as principal chair euphonium in the top wind ensemble and as trombonist in the symphony orchestra. In 2012, Lentz returned to Mansfield for a master of arts degree in instrumental conducting, under the tutelage of Dr. Adam F. Brennan, where he perfected his rehearsal and teaching techniques.

His most recent achievements include responsibilities as principal euphonium and soloist for The Great Lakes Wind Symphony, based in Rochester, N.Y., and as assistant director of the Repasz Band.

Lentz seeks to hold a position as conductor of an orchestra with hopes of creating a community outreach program to aspiring musicians of all ages.

Tickets are available at the Robert M. Sides Music Store and at the location of the event.

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