Emotional and uplifting, Handel's Messiah is the quintessential holiday choral piece, performed by choruses throughout the country as a traditional way in which to ring in the season.
Following suit, the Pickerington Community Chorus will perform selections from Handel's Messiah for its two Holiday Concerts Saturday, Dec. 7 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road North.
Performances will be at 3 and 7 p.m. and admission is $8 per person.
PCC founding member Julie Rice said the chorus last performed Messiah three years ago to rousing applause.
"It's been our most popular event to date, it's a very popular piece," she said.
Rice said her fellow chorus members are equally excited to perform Handel's oratorio.
"Obviously, people who are singers are very happy to sing the Hallelujah Chorus," she said.
"If you have sung that before, you want to take any opportunity you can to sing it again," Rice said.
The 45-member chorus will also be performing other popular holiday pieces as part of the concert, and, for the first time, will be allowing audience members to join in the fun.
"We're (telling) any audience members that would like to come up and sing with us that they are more than welcome to do so," Rice said.
Founded in 2007 as a non-profit chorus, the Pickerington Community Chorus provides an outlet for amateur singers who share a love of music.
Chorus members hail from primarily the Pickerington-Violet Township area, however, other communities, such as Columbus and Newark, are also represented, Rice said.
A recent grant awarded from the Fairfield Foundation will enable the chorus to implement some much-needed upgrades.
"That will help pay for the string section and also give us some money to buy a keyboard to use for outside venues," Rice said.
The Pickerington Community Chorus will also be performing holiday-themed concerts at Amber Park Assisted Living Community, 401 Hill Road, Pickerington Monday, Dec. 9 and at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, 2225 Taylor Park, Reynoldsburg Tuesday, Dec. 10.
The times have not yet been set.
"The residents really enjoy our Christmas program, especially when we're doing more classical pieces," Rice said.
"We also throw in a few Christmas carols so they can song along with us."
Anyone interested in singing can join the chorus, Rice said.
"We're not professional. You don't have to audition," she said.
"You just have to love to sing."
For more information about the Pickerington Community Chorus, go to pickeringtoncommunitychorus.com.