Friends of Music at Guilford begins the holiday season with its 48th Community Messiah Sing in the sanctuary of Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Rededicated as a benefit for the area’s homeless since 2007, the Sing has raised over $20,000 in door donations for the Groundworks Collaborative to help fund its food shelf, emergency housing, and other support programs. For a thirty-first season, William McKim serves as organist. Soloists include veteran volunteers Junko Watanabe, soprano, Walter Cramer, tenor, and Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone, while Julie Olsson steps in to sing the alto solos for the first time. Joyana Damon adds trumpet highlights. Under Ken Olsson’s baton for a second year, two hundred or more singers from the Tri-State area and further afield come to perform the choruses in the Christmas portion of Handel’s masterwork, in addition to a few later favorites. Audience members are also welcome to simply enjoy the sound of such a grand choir. . . . Scores are available to borrow or buy at the door, and bottled water, the only beverage allowed inside, is also for sale. The FOMAG holiday boutique offers art cards and CDs to support FOMAG’s 53rd concert season. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food, winter outerwear, long johns and blankets, as well as new unwrapped toys, for a Groundworks collection in the church foyer. For information, call 802-254-3600, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.fomag.org.
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