Handel's "Messiah" is definitely a Christmas music staple, but only the first part of this great oratorio is about Christ's birth; the second and third parts delve into other aspects of Christian belief. However, they also contain dandy music (including the "Hallelujah Chorus"), so no holiday concert seems complete without them. The Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale and Community Orchestra, along with six soloists, will present Part I of "Messiah," plus the "Hallelujah Chorus" and the final "Amen", this weekend as part of a Christmas Gala Concert. The program also includes performances by RWC instrumental ensembles and women's choir, along with original carol arrangements, so make sure your own voice is tuned up to sing along.
The Roberts Wesleyan College Christmas Gala takes place Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m. at Hale Auditorium, Roberts Wesleyan College, $8, free for students with ID, roberts.edu.