The Mississippi Chorus brings rich meaning and glorious music as they present  Messiah, the Christmas Oratorio by George Frideric Handel, Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM in the beautifully historic sanctuary of Woodland Hills Baptist Church. The concert, under the baton of The Mississippi Chorus Artistic Director Dr. Mark Nabholz, will be accompanied by members of The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra including concertmaster Marta Szlubowska. Guest soloists will be soprano Amy Pfrimmer, alto Viola Dacus, tenor Joe Milton, and bass Patton Rice.

“It is such a meaningful work, and to get to perform it again this year is a real tribute to our artistic staff and supportive board,” reported Christy Soloveichik, The Mississippi Chorus Board Chair, and singing member. “Following the success of the state-wide Alzheimer’s Stories concert we did in October, The Chorus is excited to turn its vocal expertise to this wonderful work,” she concluded.

A musical offering of the holiday season, this work of George Frideric Handel still inspires listeners some 250 years after the composer’s death. Composed in 1742 when Handel was the preeminent composer in the United Kingdom, the work is now a choral staple in the repertoire of many choral organizations.

“I have enjoyed performing Messiah since the very first year of The Mississippi Chorus’s existence, nearly thirty years ago, and renew my admiration for this work with every performance. Each artistic director brings a fresh perspective to this enduring choral masterwork and this year is no exception. Accompanied by orchestra and guest soloists it is simply a most satisfying work to perform and to hear,” reported founding member Roger Clapp.

The two full performances of the Christmas portion of Messiah will be on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at a 3:00 PM Matinee and 7:30 PM evening concert, followed by a reception. The concert will be held at Woodland Hills Baptist Church, 3327 Old Canton Road, in Fondren.

Tickets are $25 for adults; $5 for students; children to age 12 are admitted free. Group tickets of 10 or more can be purchased by calling 601-278-3351.

Tickets are available online at, and at the door.

“We were completely sold out at both performances last year,” commented Executive Director Sherry Boyer. She continued, “It would be a good idea to purchase tickets online and arrive just a little early. Ample and secure parking will be available.”



The Mississippi Chorus is a 501 (c) 3 organization performing choral masterworks in Mississippi. Based in the Jackson metro area, The Mississippi Chorus has delivered outstanding choral performances in central Mississippi and beyond since 1989. The Chorus is composed of three ensembles: The Grande Chorus, The Master Chorale, and The Mississippi Youth Chorale. Collaborations with other fine musical and civic organizations in Mississippi help fulfill our mission: to enhance the cultural life of Central Mississippi. Collaborators include Mississippi Opera, Mississippi Symphony, Mississippi Boy Choir, Mississippi Girl Choir, Ballet Magnificat, Ballet Mississippi, and the Dementia Care Network. We are an equal singer opportunity organization welcoming dedicated vocalists from Jackson and surrounding communities who love to sing and enjoy the many benefits choral singing offers – MUSIC CHANGES EVERYTHING!

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