Rockford Choral Union, in its 72nd year, is presenting its 190th and 191st performances of George Frederic Handel's Messiah.
The performances feature four internationally known soloists, more than 120 singers representing 55 area churches, and a full Baroque chamber orchestra with pipe organ and harpsichord. Nat Bauer is returning for his 16th year as director. This will be Bauer's last year as he is turning the directorship over to Mike Beert, principle cellist with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and music professor at Rock Valley College.
The Messiah's message remains a living testament to the One who came to bring hope and peace to the world. Every Thanksgiving, Handel's Messiah is presented as a gift to the community.
Admission is free. A voluntary offering will be taken at intermission between the two hour-long sections to help defray the costs of presenting the Messiah. Free parking is available around the church area.
Directions: Trinity Lutheran Church - 200 N. 1st St., Rockford, IL 61107 - From I-90 and U.S. Business 20 (E. State St.): west on Business 20 into Rockford. Stay on Business 20 when it turns right to Jefferson St. to become one-way. Move to the left-hand lane and turn left on 1st St. From the south: Exit Bypass 20 at IL 251 (11th St.) and go north. Stay on IL 251 into Rockford. Turn left on E. State St. and go west to 1st St. and turn right. Parking on the street and in the lot across the street from the church.