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updated: 12/9/2011 2:28 PM

Batavia theater group to stage Handel's 'Messiah'

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Submitted by Batavia Fine Arts Centre

Batavia's theater support group, STAGE, will present a Handel's "Do-It-Yourself Messiah" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the auditorium in the new Batavia Fine Arts Centre, West Wilson Street and Western Avenue.

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Featuring the latest in sound engineering, the auditorium is acoustically tuned with sound panels that can change for music or the spoken voice.

Hear the sounds of Handel's famous work as the audience joins in to sing the familiar choruses, culminating with the most famous of all, the "Hallelujah Chorus."

Conducting this choral event will be Jeff Hunt, director of the St. Charles Singers. Soloists from the St. Charles Singers will be singing the solos and recitatives from the Christmas portion. Leading the audience will be a 60-voice choir onstage, comprised of singers from local churches and schools.

Accompanying the "Messiah" is professional musician Steven Eaklor playing on an organ furnished by Hammond Suzuki USA.

Tickets are $14 if purchased at www.BataviaFineArtsCentre.org or www.BataviaSTAGE.org; $15 at the theater box office. Proceeds from the "Do-It-Yourself Messiah" will benefit the Batavia Theater Program.

For details, visit www.BataviaSTAGE.org.

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