Handling Handel

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Charlotte Congregational will perform Handel’s “Messiah” as a classic sing-along. The performance will be led by four soloists, Helen Lyons, Nessa Rabin, Cameron Brownell, and Erik Kroncke, and a small chamber ensemble of Vermont Symphony Orchestra musicians.

“As a member of this community, I often get to perform for local audiences, but rarely get to make music with them,” said Jane Kittredge, associate pastor and a violinist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. 

Handel composed the “Messiah,” an English-language oratorio, in 1741, and it was first performed in Dublin on Easter in 1742. The “Messiah” is now a classic of the Christmas season, and it has been a beloved musical tradition at Charlotte Congregational Church since 2010.

The family-friendly event lasts roughly 75 minutes, from 4-5:15 p.m., and is open to all. Childcare and scores will be available, and donations are encouraged (suggested donations are $5 for children, $20 for adults, and $50 maximum for families). For more information, visit charlotteucc.org or email.