Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College will host a participatory group sing of selections of George Frideric Handel''s classic "Messiah" on Sun., Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell College campus.

The First Annual Handel''s "Messiah" Sing is open to all who wish to participate, and will feature several selections from the work, including the well-known "Hallelujah!" chorus. No previous experience is necessary, but an optional rehearsal will take place at 1 p.m.

The sing will feature a group of soloists from the college, including Michael Oxley, tenor, an applied music associate; Graciela Guzman, soprano, a third-year student from Canoga Park, Calif.; and Heather Riggs, alto, a second-year student from Portland, Ore

Norm Grimm, president-elect of the Iowa Choral Directors Association and choral director at Newton Senior High School, will direct the performance. Randy Brush will accompany on timpani and Grinnell College organist Linda Bryant will play the college''s recently restored Aeolian-Skinner organ.

The "Messiah" group sing is sponsored by the Grinnell College Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice. Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus and is wheelchair accessible.