The Pickerington Community Chorus will bring back a signature ode to the holidays when it holds its winter concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Road.

The chorus has held the concert each year since 2007. This year's concert will be just the third time, however, the choir's program will include the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah."

"We try to do Handel's 'Messiah' about every three years," said Julie Rice-Weimer, scretary for the chorus' board of directors. "We like to do a variety for our Winter Concert and, because everyone loves it so much, we figure about every three years is as often as we should do it."

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.

Proceeds from the concert support operations of the nonprofit chorus and help pay for the services of string musicians who will perform at the show.

According to Rice-Weimer, the chorus has about 30 members from throughout the central Ohio. She said members join through word of mouth and after seeing the chorus.

"We get people when we do concerts or when someone sees something about us in the newspaper or sees our website," she said. "We don't do auditions. Basically, if you love to sing, come on down."

Rice-Weimer said just like the Spring Concert, the concert has become a tradition because members love to perform.

She said the shows are a way to share love of music and performance with others.

"We all love to sing and we need somewhere to do that," she said. "This is something we love to do, and this is our way of giving back to the community."

Rice-Weimer said the concert will serve as an opportunity for the Pickerington community and others to share in the spirit of the holidays and support the chorus.

In addition to ticket sales, she said, the concert offers audience members a chance to become a chorus sponsor. Any contributions are welcome, but there also are designated levels of support from $25 to $500.

Rice-Weimer said, guests are welcome to join in the performance by singing with the chorus during the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" and the "Hallelujah Chorus."

"They will hear lots of good music," Rice-Weimer said. "If there's someone who is familiar with Handel's 'Messiah' and the 'Hallelujah Chorus,' they will be invited at the end of the concert to come up on stage and sing with us."

More details are available on the group's website, www.pickeringtoncommunitychorus.com.

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