The chorus was established in1984 by a group of people who loved to sing and has been singing ever since. Membership is open to all, regardless of musical training or experience. The only requirement is a desire to sing. The Messiah Sing-a-Long is the choir’s winter concert. Dee Ann Ginn, president of LCC, says, “The idea of a Messiah Sing-a-Long came out of a group of Rockwall musicians who had experienced it in other cities. In a Messiah Sing-a-Long, the audience sings the choral part of Handel’s Messiah. Many of us get wrapped up in daily commitments and let our chance to sing slip away. This sing-a-long is an open invitation for a chance to sing a masterpiece and experience a great launch to the holidays.”
The Messiah Sing-a-Long, conducted by Dr. William Witwer, will include Part I and the Hallelujah Chorus from Part II, commonly referred to as the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Guest soloists, performing throughout the piece, are sopranos Bethany Ring and Melissa Clark, alto Lou Jean Beckett, tenors Larry Turner, III, and Isiak Holiday, Jr., and bass Phil Alford. The audience, seated according to voice range, will sing the choral part of the piece. Lakeside Civic Chorus members will be seated throughout the audience chorus. Admission is free, and you can still attend even if you don’t sing.
“We hope this can become the iconic tradition in Rockwall that it is in other cities around the world,” said Dr. Witwer. “This musical experience brings together people of different backgrounds and generations to share one voice in celebration of the season. And, it provides a unique opportunity to showcase the considerable musical talents within our community.”
Anyone who wishes to “warm up” prior to the actual performance is welcome to drop in to weekly rehearsals 7 to 9 PM, Tuesdays in the choir room at First United Methodist Church of Rockwall. You can also find several online resources for practicing your part on YouTube or with various downloads. Limited copies of the music will be available at the concert, 7 p.m., Saturday, December 6th, First United Methodist Church of Rockwall, located at 1200 E. Yellow Jacket Lane, across from Rockwall County Courthouse.
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Front Row (left to right) Soloists Larry Turner, Melissa Clark, Phil Alford, and Isiak Holiday, Jr.
About the Lakeside Civic Chorus
Lakeside Civic Chorus is a non-profit organization comprised of members from the Lake Ray Hubbard area who love to sing. Membership is open to all, each September and January. The choir rehearses 7 to 9 PM., Tuesdays, in the choir room at First United Methodist Church of Rockwall. The choir performs a concert each season, and performs at local civic events. In addition to underwriting expenses, the chorus funds music scholarships for students from local high schools.
Marva Cathey, Lakeside Civic Chorus, 469-766-7862
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