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MVNU presents 46th performance of Handel's Messiah

Music NoteDecember 8, 2013

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Mount Vernon Nazarene University will present the 46th annual performance of G. F. Handel's Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. This free event will take place in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium on the MVNU campus.

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The presentation will be performed by the MVNU Choral Union, faculty and guest soloists, and chamber orchestra. The soloists featured this year include Dione Bennett, adjunct voice professor at MVNU and Capital University and Artistic Director of Opera Project in Columbus; Carolyn Redman, 1989 MVNU music alumna, classical performer and adjunct voice professor at Kenyon College and Otterbein University; Tyler Skidmore, 2004 MVNU music alumnus, music specialist with the Medina, Ohio, City School District and frequent area vocalist. David Templeton, Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at The College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, will return for his sixteenth year as bass soloist. John Packard, MVNU Music Department Chair, and guest musician James Becker will assist on trumpet. David Robinson will return as the harpsichordist for the performance. The concert master is MVNU adjunct string instructor Sharon Blaydes.

The 160-voice Choral Union includes the combined choirs of MVNU and community singers. Conducting the performance will be Dr. Robert Tocheff, Professor of Music in the MVNU Music Department.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for MVNU music scholarships. Parking is available from Martinsburg Road and Campus Drive. For more information, visit or contact Tressa Daley at (740) 397-9000, ext. 3000.

Recordings of the performance will also be available for purchase through the Cougar Corner, MVNU's bookstore.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 32 states and six countries/U.S. territories.

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