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*****Media Advisory*****
Press Release
The Sing-Along Messiah Returns to Brentwood!
11/3/04

BRENTWOOD, CA - 263 years after its first performance, Handel's Messiah will be performed in Brentwood on Saturday, December 4th as a Sing-Along, with full orchestra, chorus and soloists conducted by Susan M. Stuart, long-time Choral Conductor from Liberty High School. This special holiday event is sponsored by the Brentwood Arts Commission, with a “core” adult community chorus from Liberty Adult Education, directed by Staci Webb.

The Messiah, Handel’s most successful and best-known oratorio, was composed in London in 1741 in just 24 days. It is astounding that a work of this magnitude could be completed in such short order. Handel was apparently duly inspired, for it was reported at the time that he said, "I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God himself". It was first performed in Dublin, Ireland in 1742 with Handel himself conducting. The Messiah lives on today with performances and sing-along versions in countless communities around the world.

The Sing-Along Messiah provides audience members the opportunity to sing along as the chorus. Participants are welcome to bring their own scores, or scores will be available at the door for $10. At the end of the evening participants may keep the score or it may be returned and your $10 refunded.

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2004
Time: 4:00 pm (with one intermission and refreshments provided).
Location: Liberty High School Performing Arts Center
Admission: Free

The mission of the Arts Commission is to promote, encourage and stimulate the development of and interest in the fine and performing arts, and to act in an advisory capacity to the City concerning its artistic and cultural development.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact the Brentwood Arts Commission at (925) 516-5376.

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