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Philharmonic Orchestra Announces its 2016 Annual “Sing-Along” Messiah

Nov 07, 2016 08:52AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

On Sunday afternoon, December 4th at 3pm, the Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Choir, under the direction of James Yarbrough and John Douglas, will be joined by guest soloists in the performance of the “Christmas Section” and the famous “Hallelujah Chorus” from Georg Frederic Handel’s Messiah. The performance will include audience “sing-along” participation, joining the orchestra & choir in the oratorio’s chorus movements, as well as in other holiday music also scheduled for the concert. But this joyous seasonal event is not only for the “Do-It-Yourself” audience, and those simply wishing to get into the Christmas spirit are more than welcome to come and enjoy listening to the glorious sounds of Christmas music.

Admission to the concert is free However – in the original tradition established by Handel’s 1742 premier performance for the Irish “debtor’s prison” – free-will donations are welcome at the concert, with proceeds benefiting LifeSpring Ministries of Aurora. The performance will take place at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 West Downer Place, Aurora (Parking is located behind the church on Garfield Ave.). Audience attendees who choose to “sing along“ can either bring, borrow, or buy the Messiah choral part at the door ($10 per book or refundable deposit). After the concert, there will be a reception with light refreshments.

The Philharmonic Orchestra is an affiliate of the Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance and the Academy’s youth orchestras will also be performing at their 12:30p.m. Holiday Concert (also at Our Savior) with Christmas favorites and other classical works. Both concerts are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more information on this and future events, visit the Fox Valley Philharmonic website at, or call (630) 476-9072.