Messiah sing-along is Jan. 7

Messiah sing-along is Jan. 7 Singers in southeast South Dakota are invited to join the first annual Handel's Messiah Sing-Along on Sunday, Jan. 7.

The gathering will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 816 E. Clark St. in Vermillion, and the sing-along will begin at 4 p.m.

Pastor Martin Ganschow, who will conduct, invites anyone who likes to sing to join the festivities. Choral groups are invited. Singers can bring their own scores, or borrow one at the door. All singers will be a part of one of the most thrilling choruses ever assembled in our part of South Dakota, according to Ganschow.

The conductor notes that the good thing about a sing-along format is that it is not a concert. Singers are invited whether or not they know the music very well.

The sing-along will cover most of Part I, which deals with the prophecy and promise of the Redeeming Messiah, as well as the Hallelujah Chorus (which concludes Part II).

Ganschow, who is pastor at Gayville and Bergen Lutheran Churches, was a church music director prior to his calling as an ordained pastor. He came to this area in June 2000.

Trinity Lutheran Church will also host a covered dish supper immediately after the sing-along. Anyone, whether a singer or a listener, who wants to join in the supper is invited to bring a dish to pass.

For further information, call Ganschow at 267-4342.

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