Do it Yourself "Messiah" set for Dec. 17 in Waukegan

Submitted by Waukegan Park District
Posted12/6/2016 1:32 PM

The Waukegan Park District Cultural Arts Department presents its holiday tradition, the Joseph A. Favero Memorial Do It Yourself "Messiah" and Carol Sing-Along.

The 12th annual event is set for Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Waukegan, 128 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., in downtown Waukegan.


Favero was a Waukegan Park District commissioner beginning in 1977 and was the sitting president at the time of his death in 2006. A music teacher with the Waukegan Public Schools, he sang with the Waukegan Concert Chorus and played trombone with the Waukegan Municipal Band.

The Waukegan Park District board and staff named this event in his honor as a way of remembering his love of music and years of service to our community.

The "Messiah" was composed in 1741 by George Frederic Handel, and was intended to be an Easter oratorio for orchestra, chorus and soloists. The music, however, has become more associated with the Christmas holiday season.

The orchestra, chorus, four soloists and the conductor fill the stage while the audience fills the house. Audience members may be seated according to voice range and everyone has the opportunity to sing along with the chorus. The front half of the church accommodates those wanting to sing along with the choruses.

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Tickets may be purchased:

• In person at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan.

• Online at

• By calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006

• On the Waukegan Park District website under program registration.

• At the event.

Adult tickets are $15 each with tickets for students 18 years and younger being free. There is a service fee with Brown Paper Tickets. Scores are $10 each and will be available for purchase the evening of the event or in advance at the Jack Benny Center.