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Saturday, December 13 // 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Selections from Handel’s Messiah including audience sing-along

Add your voice to this special community celebration! The Metropolitan Chorale and wcfsymphony celebrate two major anniversaries – our 60th and 85th respectively – with an affordable, one-hour performance of favorites from Handel’s Messiah. Everyone in the audience will be invited to join us for a few famous selections, including the Hallelujah chorus. Singing isn’t required but we think you won’t be able to help yourself at this perfect holiday outing for music lovers (and music makers) of all ages!

In the spirit of community embodied by both organizations throughout our histories, all tickets to this concert are offered at $5. Scroll down for more information about seating, sing-along music, and our artistic collaborators.

Sponsored by // Friends of wcfsymphony // Guernsey Charitable Foundation // Dee and Dave Vandeventer (Music Sponsor)

Additional Info

Please note that this event is general seating. We will distribute a limited number of musical scores for the sing-along selections, and all sing-along selections will be displayed in large format on our above-stage screen. You may also view and download the complete sing-along score.

Join us for pre-concert musical fun with our musicians in the GBPAC lobby beginning at 3 pm. wcfsymphony players will introduce their instruments up close and share delightful musical examples, then encourage kids (and musically-curious adults) to do their own music making at the Instrument Petting Zoo. The experience offers a wonderful prelude to the performance and sing-along that follows.

 

Guest Artists

Metropolitan Chorale

The Metropolitan Chorale, comprised of singers from Iowa's Cedar Valley, annually performs two concerts of major choral works with orchestra and soloists in various Waterloo and Cedar Falls venues. The Chorale is comprised of serious amateur and professional vocalists under the direction of a professional director.

Originally known as the Waterloo Choral Association, the group was founded in 1954 as a vehicle for local singers to gather and sing the Messiah. Since that time, the Chorale has developed into one of the region's premiere large choral groups, ranging from 75 to more than 100 singers. The Chorale reflects the diversity of the Cedar Valley drawing its membership from all walks of life including doctors, farmers, engineers, factory workers, educators, etc.

Read more at met-chorale.com.

Leia Lensing

Leia Lensing a senior Choral Music Education major at UNI, studying under Dr. Jean McDonald. Throughout her time at UNI, she has been a member of UNI Singers, Concert Chorale, Cantorei, and Opera. Leia is a recipient of the Charles and Marleta Matheson Scholarship through the Spotlight Series Performance Competition. In addition to this and other awards, Leia has been a featured soloist in the Bach Cantata series as well as in roles in the opera program, including: Mrs. Peachum from the Beggars Opera and the Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas. In spring 2015, Leia will perform in scenes from Dead Man Walking as Sister Helen Prejean with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, as well as on the Crème de la Crème concert.

Megan Grey

A native of Cedar Falls, Megan Grey is currently a Junior Voice Performance Major at the University of Northern Iowa. An active performer, Ms. Grey is a member of UNI Concert Chorale, Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and UNI Opera Ensemble. As a member of the Opera Ensemble she has appeared as the Secretary in scenes from Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, the Sorceress and Spirit in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and will be appearing as Mrs. Page in the upcoming production of Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor in Spring 2015. Ms. Grey has also been recognized for her academic excellence by Pi Kappa Lambda in being named Outstanding Freshman and Sophomore of the UNI School of Music for the 2012-2014 academic years. Apart from singing, Ms. Grey is also a cellist and is on faculty with the UNI Suzuki School. Ms. Grey currently studies voice with Dr. Jean McDonald, and cello with Dr. Jonathan Chenoweth.