VERONA, NJ - Long-time Verona resident, John J. Palatucci, will return to Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in New York City on Dec. 20 make his fourth consecutive appearance as a guest conductor at the Messiah Sing-In sponsored by the National Chorale. 

The Messiah Sing-In, in its 52nd consecutive year, is a performance of 18th century composer George Frederick Handel's perennial holiday masterpiece entitled "Messiah."  Seventeen conductors join four professional soloists and take turns leading the 3,000 voice chorus made up entirely by members of the audience.  Palatucci will be conducting the chorus "And he shall purify" from the first part of this oratorio, an unstaged opera. In two of the previous four years, he has conducted the "Hallelujah" chorus.

Palatucci is no stranger to the Lincoln Center venue. For nineteen years he performed as a principal player with the Goldman Memorial Band which performed every summer in the Damrosch Park Bandshell. He has also performed at the Metropolitan Opera House and what was the NY State Theater. In 2005, he made his Lincoln Center conducting debut at the Lincoln Center Library, leading a concert with the Orpheus Club Men's Chorus and the Palisades Virtuosi chamber ensemble.  

The Messiah Sing-In is open to the public. Tickets are available at