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First Presbyterian Invites Community for Handel’s Messiah and Other Holiday Favorites

November 10th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

handel Music lovers are so fortunate to live in the Los Angeles area.  Our city is known for excellent arts, culture and music.  From the Hollywood Bowl to the Disney Concert Halls to our great theaters that have been home to best Broadway Musicals. 

For those who live in the San Gabriel Valley, you will not need to go far to experience a great performance this holiday season.  The choir and orchestra from First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia will be performing selections from Handel’s Messiah and other popular Christmas favorites on Sunday, December 6th, at 7:30pm.

Handel’s Messiah is one of the greatest musical pieces ever written and has been performed hundreds and hundreds of times for almost 300 years in churches and concert halls around the globe. 

Messiah was intended as a thought provoking work for Easter and Lent, but has become a Christmas tradition.  Messiah consists of three sections, the first of which focuses with the Advent and Christmas stories that pave the way for the coming of Jesus Christ.

The Hallelujah Chorus concludes part 2 which describes the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

The concert will be led by Music Director, Peter Green.  Dr. Green serves as the Music Department Chair, and Assistant Chair of the Visual & Performing Arts Division at Glendale College and has recently released his first classical chamber music CD. 

The concert will also include several accomplished soloists including Nicholas Preston Johanna Kent, Jan Freemyer, Linda Sharpe, and Jennifer Miller, as well as organist Dr. Anita Hanwalt , orchestra, and the church choir (with over 60 people!).

FPC is located on the corner of Myrtle and Foothill at 101 E. Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia.   There is no charge but there will be a “free will offering.”  Childcare will also be provided.  Please call (626) 358-3297 for information.

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