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Chorus Prepares to Sing "Messiah" this Sunday

Performances to be in NYC, Grants Pass on Same Day

GRANTS PASS — A group of singers from Rogue Community College will rehearse tonight for the last time before traveling to New York City to perform Handel’s "Messiah" at Carnegie Hall.

Director Deborah Pratt and nine members of the Rogue Community Chorus have been invited to join 250 choristers from around the world to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) Concert Series. The group will fly out Thanksgiving Day in order to participate in activities leading up to the Dec. 1 concert.

Open to anyone who enjoys singing choral music, Rogue Community Chorus is a class offered by RCC Community Education. The group meets from 6-7:50 p.m. Mondays at the Redwood Campus in Grants Pass. The cost is $49 per term.

While there is no audition required to join the chorale, the group had to submit an audition video in order to earn a spot at the Carnegie Hall performance. However, it wasn't a stretch for members of the Rogue Community Chorus to learn the material. The group has been performing "Messiah" for years at a local holiday singalong. In fact, chorus members not traveling to New York will sing the same day at the 11th annual Josephine County Messiah Sing-Along in Grants Pass.

The local singalong will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at River Valley Church, 405 NE 7th St. The event is free and open to the public. It is not organized by RCC.

In addition to performing the "Messiah," the Rogue Community Chorus is teaming up with the Rogue Singers and the Rogue Youth Ensemble to give a free holiday concert Dec. 8 at the Rogue Auditorium at the RCC Redwood Campus; use the East Entrance to the college off Demaray Drive. The third annual Toys for Tots Benefit Concert & Sing-Along will begin at 3 p.m. The performance is free; donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots of Josephine County.