BREVARD COUNTY — As the holiday season comes into full swing this December, so too is the time of Christmas-themed music and festive caroling.
On Friday, Dec. 6, The Indialantic Chamber Singers (ICS) and Space Coast Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) will perform an oratorio symphonic concert featuring George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” and sing-along carols.
This free “Messiah Sing-Along” concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Community, 5655 Stadium Parkway, Viera.
“It is an enormously popular program with hundreds of singers showing up to participate, along with hundreds coming to listen,” said Aaron Collins, artistic director and conductor of the SCSO.
“There is nothing like hearing hundreds of voices singing the Hallelujah Chorus,” he continued. “This is always a very special and memorable concert. We are thrilled to partner with the ICS and create special memories with them and our fans.”
Handel’s “Messiah” was composed in the summer of 1741, according to a press release, and is considered one of his most famous creations.
The oratorio is divided into three parts, taking listeners on a journey through specific moments in Christ’s life. During the Christmas season, it is common to hear a production of “Messiah” that focuses on Advent and Christmas stories.
“We're so excited to sing in the sanctuary at St. John's this year,” said Beth Green, conductor of ICS. “This will be a completely new experience in the sights and sounds with this beautiful acoustically live venue. Handel's ‘Messiah’ music does not change, though a wide variety of soloists have been featured through the history of this event.”
In the latter half of the concert, attendees can listen to sacred and secular favorites of the ICS, which include, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” and “Carol of the Bells.”
“It's beautiful and helps to tell the Christmas story,” Mrs. Green said. “It has become part of our choral history, and I think it's wonderful that we celebrate together in this way every year.”
The Indialantic Chamber Singers is celebrating its 20th year of music, and the group offers a mixed-voice ensemble of professional, auditioned singers. Members have also traveled to the Washington National Cathedral on several occasions.
The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is currently celebrating its 11th season, and offers professional concerts at affordable prices. The orchestra also works with youth musicians in mentorship programs and performance opportunities.
While the concert is free, a donation is suggested to help cover costs of the event.
For more information, call toll free to (855) 252-7276 or visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org.