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Handel's 'Messiah' returns to Byrnes Performing Arts Center Dec. 9

ARLINGTON — More than 100 area singers will come together as the Arlington-Marysville Community Choir to present George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" Christmas choruses under the direction of Lyle Forde.

The Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center will serve as the site for this Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, starting at 2:30 p.m., with tickets running $5 per person or $10 for the whole family at the door, for festival seating.

"Hallelujah is among the most loved selections from Handel's masterpiece, and is the closing chorus for the Arlington-area Community Choir and orchestra production," said Forde, who added that the large choir meets biannually and has established a tradition of presenting inspirational Christmas programs featuring a number of selected community musical groups, which include carol sing-alongs and conclude with the most well-known Christmas choruses from "Messiah."

This concert will also feature the Overman Family Singers, the "4 This Time" girls' chorus, a vocal quartet, Jazzmine arrangements of popular holiday music and more.

"Though the centerpiece of the program is 'Messiah,' the program is one of variety in style and genre," Forde said.

The Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center is located at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. in Arlington. For more information, contact Forde via email at

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