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Make music together at ‘Sing-it-yourself Messiah’

By Staff | Nov 26, 2010

The audience serves as the chorus for “Sing-it-yourself Messiah.”

KAANAPALI — The tenth annual “Sing-it-yourself Messiah” is back for the holidays on the West Side.

All singers are invited to gather with the community for the joyful experience of making music together.

Maui Choral Arts Association’s tenth anniversary presentation of this Christmas tradition is set for Sunday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa’s Monarchy Ballroom.

Celia Canty conducts a chamber orchestra of 16 instrumentalists, the entire audience is the chorus, and soloists Leighanna Locke, Karyn Sarring and Robert E. Wills will sing the arias. Scores are available to borrow at the door.

The first half is Part I of Handel’s “Messiah,” and the second half features familiar Christmas carols for audience singing, plus a guest appearance by 72 singers from the Lahaina Intermediate School choirs under the direction of Beth Fobbe-Wills.

The Maui Concert Chorus and University of Hawaii-Maui College Chorus will perform a fun doo-wop arrangement of “White Christmas.”

“Messiah,” composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741, is considered one of the consummate masterpieces of Western music.

It was originally performed as a fund-raiser for children’s charities. In fact, during Handel’s time, he never once conducted the piece for self-benefit, always for communities needing help.

Keeping with this tradition, the event will again include a Charitable Gift-Giving Fair, and nonprofit organizations such as Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui will have information tables and holiday gift items for sale. The Hyatt will also have a crafts table for youngsters.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for youth (18 and under) and students with ID, available until Nov. 27 at www.MauiChoralArts.org, by calling (800) 838-3006 and at Lahaina Music and Topaz Goldsmith in Kihei’s Dolphin Plaza.

Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $10 for youth/students, available at the Hyatt’s Monarchy Ballroom at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 28.

The Hyatt Regency Maui is offering a 15 percent discount at Umalu Restaurant valid the day of the event only.