By Donald Jay Howton

Alabama Civic Chorale 76th Annual Presentation Handel’s Messiah Nov. 19

Always a perfect start to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, The Alabama Civic Chorale’s 76th Annual Presentation of Messiah will be held on Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m.

Riverchase United Methodist Church, 1953 Old Highway 31 in Hoover is the site for the free event. They have generously hosted the event for 29 years.

The Alabama Civic Chorale’s performance of Handel’s Messiah is one of the longest running presentations in the United States.

Originally known as The Bessemer Civic Chorale, it was established by Earl and Frances Clark of Bessemer. Decades later, the name was changed to the Alabama Civic Chorale.

Bebe Clark Kok is the director of the Alabama Civic Chorale, a civic chorus.

Walt Rogers is the organist for the event.

Featured soloists are Tammy Spradley Meacham, contralto; Peggy Brooks, soprano; David Tayloe, tenor; Chris O’Rear, bass; Beth Wilson, soprano; and Eliza Warden, soprano.

This beloved, holiday event is made triumphant by the uplifting voices of the 100-voice chorus and members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

As always, the event is free and open to the public, but donations are greatly appreciated.


Trinity Episcopal Advent Service

On Sunday, December 3 historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Bessemer will observe the First Sunday in Advent with a sacred Advent program.

A Sequence of Music and Readings for Advent will begin at 2:30 in the afternoon. The public is invited.

The church is located at 2014 Berkley Avenue in Bessemer.

For more information, please call 205-966-3938.


Honoring our Veterans

On Halloween and Veterans Day, Hudson Serio, Rhett Pody and Caden Patton honored our nation’s veterans dressing in army uniforms. Hudson is the son of Ashley and Jason Serio, Rhett is the son of Cassie and Andy Pody and Caden’s parents are Jalona and Jason Patton.


Alabama Symphony Orchestra

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade on November 17 and 18 at 7 p.m.

The event will be held at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. Violinist Tessa Lark returns once again to perform alongside the orchestra.

Music Director Carlos Izcaray will conduct the orchestra.

The world premiere of Izcaray’s Violin Concerto will be performed during the performance.