Those with a particular fondness for the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah," won't want to miss the Humboldt Symphony plus chorus concert set for Friday and Sunday.
The symphony and a chorus formed with members of Humboldt Chorale and the University Singers will wrap up their holiday concert in a big way this weekend when they invite the audience to join them in the Hallelujah chorus. Both concerts are set for the Humboldt State University Fulkerson Recital Hall, 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
"We're excited to invite the audience to join us in the singing of the Hallelujah chorus at the end of the program," Humboldt Symphony conductor Paul Cummings said. "We hope to see everybody on their feet for what has become a great holiday tradition around the world."
But, that's not all.
"The Symphony itself performs contrasting works by Hector Berlioz (big and bold) and Claude Debussy (short and delicate) before priming the holiday spirit with Leroy Anderson's 'Sleigh Ride' in its original but seldom seen full orchestral version," according to the announcement.
The singers are also slated to join the symphony in a presentation of Franz Schubert's "Mass in G" with three soloists -- Dylan Kinser, Katherine Johnson and James Gadd.
"Parts of this Mass are considered to be among Schubert's best writing -- and he was only 18 when he wrote it," Cummings said.
As well as the Hallelujah chorus, the singers will take on another from Handels' Messiah, "Glory to God in the Highest."
Tickets to the holiday concert are $7 general, $3 students and seniors, free for HSU students with ID and available from the University Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door.