For the 27th consecutive year, the Winona State University Choirs will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah.” The “sing-in” styled concert, organized by Dr. Harry Mechell, will take place on Saturday, December 7, at 7 p.m. in Winona State University’s Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, which accommodates l, 000 performers each year.
The North Star Boys’ Choir will be featured during the evening. Renowned vocal soloist and WSU faculty member Dr. Alan Dunbar will sing the bass arias. In addition, the Baroque specialist, David Echelard, will be featured as tenor soloist.
The singers of many choirs from the area will combine to form the massed choir. During the evening, music lovers from the community will be invited to sing along and share performing with the WSU Concert Choir and WSU Women’s Chorus, directed by Dr. Mechell. All of the choirs will perform several seasonal selections of their choice.
Professional instrumentalists from the community and faculty and student instrumentalists from Winona State University will accompany the singing during the evening’s performance. Additional vocal soloists for “Messiah” will be WSU students Hope Willenbrink, Linden Kirscht, Meghan Knudsen, Allisa Deetz, and Emma Cory.
The “sing-in” concept of the evening, introduced to Winona by Dr. Mechell, is unique because the audience is invited to “sing along” with the choirs. They are encouraged to bring their own music scores to the performance. They may also purchase music at the door.
All tickets will be available at the door for $10 for adults. Senior citizens and WSU faculty, staff, and students with WSU ID are admitted free of charge. The entire Winona community is invited.