Music Department to Present ‘Messiah’ Oratorio

Kenneth J. Nafziger

The Eastern Mennonite University music department will present George Frideric Handel’s magnificent oratorio, “The Messiah,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in Lehman Auditorium at EMU.

Ensembles participating include the EMU Chamber Singers, the University Chorale, and the University Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth J. Nafziger, professor of music.

Soloists are EMU students Bethany Blouse, soprano; Annie Johnson, soprano; Ariel Ressler, alto; Matthew Garber, tenor; Steven Horst, tenor; Michael Dezort, bass; EMU graduates Katie Derstine, alto; Matthew Hunsberger, bass; and guest Joel Ross, countertenor.

Admission is a $10 suggested donation, with proceeds to be split between the EMU Music Scholarship Fund and Mennonite Disaster Service for hurricane relief efforts in the Gulf region.