Each November I and many members of our community look forward to coming together in rehearsal of Handel's Messiah. It is a wonderful opportunity to unite a multi-generational chorus covering a multitude of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. We all come together as a big family to prepare for a glorious concert of Handel's Messiah freely offered to our community. The blessing flows both ways. This tradition has existed in our community for over 75 years.
The Mozart Club has presented Handel's "Messiah" for over 75 years and I have sung in the chorus for over 40 years. It is the high point of the year for me and my family, as I am sure it is for many others in area. The performance is available for any singer who wishes to come to the rehearsals and sing. No Audition Required! We have many singers who have sung this marvelous work for years and a growing number of the younger generations who are learning by doing this performance. The performance is free to the public and we take up a free will offering at intermission in order to help with the costs. In 2005, our great leader and benefactor, Nancy Ann Harris Greenfield, passed away, and we are struggling to meet the cost of this great production. We work on a totally volunteer basis, no one is paid for their services to get this great performance put together. The expenses come from renting Reynolds Auditorium, the cost of the orchestra personnel, the guest soloists and the guest conductor. With out additional support this great tradition will die!