Community members can welcome the holiday season at a sing-along from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 8, on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
For the first hour, singers are invited to gather in Legacy Hall to perform the traditional holiday music from Handel’s Messiah, said M State Director of Choral Music Teresa Ashworth.
The Community Chamber Orchestra will accompany the sing-along, and all singers will be provided the music for “Messiah” when they arrive, or they may bring their own. Five choruses will be sung by participants, and soloists include Sue Kilde, Kim Blumberg, Everett Jacobson and Carol Tornquist.
Holiday refreshments will follow the “Messiah” performance, and the sing-along will then move to Waage Theatre for more traditional holiday music. M State Director of Bands Jim Iverson will lead the M State Concert Band in several Mannheim Steamroller holiday selections, followed by holiday caroling for community members of all ages.
“This is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season, and all levels of singers are welcome,” Ashworth said. “Singing with the Community Orchestra and M State Concert Band will be a memorable experience.”
The M State sing-along is free and open to the public. Singers are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to support area food shelves.
The Saturday morning event follows a concert at the college Friday, Dec. 7, featuring the Concert Choir, Voice Ensemble, Chamber Choral and Community Chamber Orchestra performing selections from “Messiah.” Members of the choirs and the orchestra also will join community members at Saturday’s sing-along.