Oak Grove hosting its 86th Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Oak Grove hosting its 86th Handel’s ‘Messiah’
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Brian Wiebe will be guest conductor of the performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 15 at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville.


Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Founded in 1818, the church, located at 7843 Smucker Road in Smithville, has a long-standing tradition of hosting this work and this year will perform selections for its 86th rendition.

Soloists will include professional musicians Lara Troyer, Hannah Rowlands, Brian Keith Johnson and Kyle Kelvington. Other accomplished musicians will make up an orchestra led by concertmaster Amy Glick Helmuth. Guest conductor will be Brian Wiebe from Goshen, Indiana. The approximate 100-member choir is made up of church members and local musicians who love to sing.

Oak Grove offers this to the community at no charge as a way to celebrate the Christmas season. A freewill offering will help defray expenses, and a capacity crowd is expected.

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