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The McIntire Department of Music presents the 39th Annual Messiah Sing-in, on Wednesday, December 6th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. The Sing-In is conducted by Donald Loach. Tickets are $5, and are available by calling the Cabell Hall Box Office at 434-924-3984.

Singers participating in the Sing-In sit in sections arranged according to vocal part (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), and the orchestra sits on stage. Non-singers are encouraged to listen from the Loge and Balcony. Copies of the vocal score will be available for those who do not have their own, and orchestral parts will be available for instrumentalists.

Professor Donald Loach started the tradition of the UVA Messiah Sing-In in 1968 as one of the first in the nation. It was a simple beginning with no orchestra. Yvanne Duisit was the organist, and Professor Walter Ross played double bass. Both have continuously participated in the Messiah Sing-In since its inception. Later, an orchestra began to develop, all voluntary and unsolicited. In the beginning, churches in the area provided scores. However, in 1974, with the help of generous donations, scores were purchased. Community members, students and faculty joined the core group of singers, which consisted of the University Singers and the Virginia Glee Club.

Donald Loach has sought to retain the joy and simplicity of the occasion without any professional pretense, orchestral rehearsals, or professional soloists. The UVA Messiah Sing-In remains a simple and joyous event, relying on the University and Charlottesville community to come together to sing and perform one of the greatest oratorios ever written.

Come sing or play your hearts out!

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Cabell Hall Box Office at (434) 924-3984, 12pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

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Last Modified: Monday, 28-Jul-2008 23:27:27 EDT
112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Departmental Information: (434) 924-3052
Cabell Hall Box Office: (434) 924-3984