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50th Annual Messiah Sing at Grace Church

by Mia Leo, GraceMusic

Drawing by Bill Batson

Messiah Sings have become a tradition among music lovers in the English-speaking world, especially around Christmas time. They are often organized in a concert hall or church, where a core choir has rehearsed the music and professionals sing Handel’s beautiful arias, and the public is invited to bring scores and join in on the choruses.

What eventually became GraceMusic had its origins under the leadership of Lawrence Jamison, who initiated the installation of Grace Church’s 1967 Casavant organ. Fifty years ago, Jamison brought both Evensong services and a seasonal Messiah Sing to the table, laying the foundation for what we have today. Which is: a milestone year! This year’s Messiah Sing is set for Sun, Dec 8 at 4p.

Usher in the holiday season with this beloved Nyack tradition. Whether you love to sing or love to listen, Handel’s Messiah is sure to get you in the spirit. Enjoy the solos sung by professional singers as you sing the choruses. Brandon Beachamp conducts and David Macfarlane accompanies on the organ. Afterwards, enjoy a little caroling, festive cookies, and cider. Bring your score if you have one–there will be a limited supply to borrow. Admission free for children under twelve, $10 for everyone else.

Grace Episcopal Church is located at 130 First Ave. Nyack–handicap-accessible via First Avenue entrance. Visit to purchase tickets.

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