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Central Iowa Choral Society presents 67th annual Messiah Dec. 8

T-R photos by Chuck Friend Janet Collison directs the 45 member chorus and brass quintet on a number from The Messiah during a rehearsal on Dec. 1

According to Janet Collison, who is in her sixth year serving as director, the chorus is made up of 45 singers from Marshalltown and the surrounding area.

Soprano soloists are Jenn Pedersen and Karen Mussig and Bass soloist is Stan Hayes. Accompanist Chad Mussig is in his 23rd year at the pipe organ.

“We also have a special brass quintet under the direction of Jim Kilmer which was put together to play before the presentation and along with the chorus as they perform the “Hallelujah Chorus,” Collison said.

Collison said this year’s presentation will be just a little different than from years past.

“We will be presenting just highlights from the Messiah, which shortens the program and makes it more appropriate for children. We also will be handing out listening guides right before the presentation so those in attendance can be more informed,” Collison said.

Members of the Brass Quintet directed by Jim Kilmer practice before the rehearsal of the Messiah at First United Methodist Church on Dec 1.

She said that Handel in a famous quote stated, “I did not wish to merely entertain them. I wished to make then better.”

“With the use of the listening guide, by the end of the presentation people in attendance will know a whole lot more about the Messiah and about the composer Handel himself,” Collison said. “And hopefully everyone when they leave will feel educated, blessed and made better.”

The presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 202 W. Main Street in Marshalltown.

A free will offering to help the choral society and a local charity will be taken. Cookies and coffee will follow the presentation in the Fellowship Hall of the church.