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Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union to present free performances of Handel’s Messiah

Published: November 19, 2009

A popular annual holiday tradition returns next month, as the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union presents two free performances of Handel’s Messiah.

Comprised of ENC students and members of the community, the 70-voice Choral Union will present the beloved oratorio Saturday Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene, located adjacent to the college’s main campus in Wollaston. The performances will be conducted by ENC Music Professor Delvyn Case and feature several professional soloists, including Bulent Guneralp and Alyson Greer, faculty members at Quincy Point Music Academy; Mark Morgan, faculty member at ENC; and Jillian Griffin, music director at Bridgewater High School. Members of the Choral Union will also be accompanied by the Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra, a 25-member professional orchestra.

For more than 75 years, the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union has performed two major masterworks of choral literature each concert season. Each fall, the Choral Union presents a free performance of Handel’s Messiah as a holiday gift to the city of Quincy. In the spring, the group performs a different piece, with previous concerts featuring works by Brahms, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Faure and more.

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