SAVOY -- The Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana kick off the holiday season with what’s sure to become the family’s favorite holiday tradition: the 15th Annual Messiah Sing-Along at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The First Baptist Church at Savoy, 1602 S. Prospect, will host the event where BACH provides the conductor, soloists and accompaniment. You, the audience, will serve as the choir. Bring your own score or borrow one at the door. Singers of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. The cost to attend is a free-will donation.

BACH musical director and conductor for the event, Joseph Baldwin, says, “The Messiah Sing-Along might be our audience’s favorite of the season because it’s just so fun. You’ve always heard Messiah sung -- or at least the Hallelujah Chorus -- and this is your chance to sing it yourself with dozens of other people!

"Even if you’ve never heard of this beautiful work, this is your chance to taste one of the most beloved choral works of the Baroque era. You’ll love the soloists this year, who will take us on a gorgeous journey through their recitatives and arias: Elena Negruta, soprano; Alexis Korbe, alto; Aaron Godwin, tenor; and Robert Grisbrook, bass. Jonathan Young will play majestically on the organ. Don’t miss this memory-making holiday event with your friends and family!"

The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (BACH) was founded as a project-based professional choir in 1996 for teaching, learning, and performing music of the Baroque era. Now a thriving nonprofit community organization, BACH is proud of the diverse range of its repertoire -- from its roots in Baroque music to today’s most exciting new works by living composers.

Today’s audiences enjoy programs featuring both favorite Baroque masterpieces and leading works from across the entire choral repertory. It is a true community enterprise, welcoming experienced singers from the community, university, and surrounding areas, as well as the support of committed volunteers. BACH was named "Chamber Ensemble of the Year 2000" by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. It receives support from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as many local donors -- individual and corporate.

For more information, visit www.baroqueartists.org, call 217-378-6802 or email info@baroqueartists.org

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