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November 27, 2021

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This file image shows MTSU School of Music professor Raphael Bundage, center, conducting the MTSU Schola Cantorum and Middle Tennessee Choral Society in concert at Hinton Music Hall in the Wright Music Building on campus. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU, Community Singers to Perform 35th Annual ‘Messiah’ Concert on Nov. 30

MTSU School of Music students, their professor and a special guest will blend their voices in concert with an orchestra to help usher in the winter holiday season with George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The performance by the MTSU Schola Cantorum and Middle Tennessee Choral Society is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Murfreesboro’s First United Methodist Church at 265 W. Thompson Lane.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and $10 for children 12 and younger and are available online at mtchoralsociety.org and at the door. MTSU students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with current IDs.

Raphael Bundage, a professor of vocal performance in MTSU’s School of Music and the Choral Society’s longtime music director/conductor, is guiding the MTSU-community performance of this beloved classical work, which concludes with the triumphant “Hallelujah” chorus.

This season’s concert marks MTSU’s 35th annual presentation of “Messiah,” in full or in part, for the community.

Handel, a German-British musician who introduced Londoners to Italian opera in the early 18th century, composed the English-language “Messiah” oratorio in 1741. His patron, Charles Jennens, used scripture from the King James Bible and the Anglican Communion’s Book of Common Prayer to create the text for the three-part libretto’s popular recitatives, arias and choruses.

This community concert features 11 student soloists, including MTSU voice majors Alex Baldwin, a junior from Manchester, Tennessee; freshman Walker Barnett, sophomore Hannah Blankenship and senior Anna Cooper, all of Murfreesboro; sophomores Haylee Casper of Smyrna, Tennessee, Jesse Lowery of Columbia, Tennessee, and Kyla Mahaffey of Nashville; seniors Tyler Middleton of Maryville, Tennessee, and Josh Smith of Morristown, Tennessee; and Skylar Carson-Reynolds, a junior from Madison, Tennessee, majoring in organismal biology and ecology, and senior music major Hayley Gretz of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee.