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Masterwork Chorus Presents 249th and 250th Messiah Performances

Masterwork Chorus singers celebrate their 250th Messiah Season.  Shown left to right with their years of membership are: R1, Claire Asarnow (11) Wendy Alexander (18), Martha Carrellas (26), and Patricia Bartinique (25); R2, Nancy Chao (first Messiah at Carnegie Hall), Joseph Laurenzano (8), Katherine Becker (28), Margaret Reilly (17), Janet Lazar (4), and Susan Podiak (18); R3, Sally Nolin (20), Alex Wu (first Messiah at Carnegie Hall), Timothy Stone (first Messiah at Carnegie Hall),  William Chew, and Max Woolley (2).  Absent are Mary Lou Burde, Frances Groves, and Heather Jones, Credits: Ann DeCamp

Share the joy of the Masterwork Chorus as they celebrate their 250th Messiah Season.  Under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Andrew Megill, the 100-voice Chorus, orchestra, and award-winning soloists perform Handel’s holiday classic for the 250th time on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm on the Perelman stage at Carnegie Hall. Their 249thth performance takes place on. Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 8:00 pm at The Concert Hall at the Dorothy Young Center, Drew University, Madison, NJ. 

The Chorus, one of New Jersey’s finest symphonic choirs, first performed Messiah in 1957 in Morristown, NJ where December 23, 2012 has officially been proclaimed “Masterwork Chorus Day.”  In 2011, fifty-four years later, Carnegie Hall’s near-capacity audience honored the ensemble with three standing ovations while the Drew performance was completely sold out.  What does it take to perform Messiah 250 times – a dedicated chorus that loves the music, talented music directors, and over two million “Hallelujahs!”

If the holidays are not complete for you without Messiah, these landmark, “top-drawer” performances are not to be missed.  Visit for Drew tickets. Carnegie Hall tickets are available at or by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800.


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