Blue Hill Bach, which stages historically informed performances of Baroque music for voice and instruments, will perform portions of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. PHOTO COURTESY OF BLUE HILL BACH

Handel’s beloved oratorio to be performed



BLUE HILL — For many music lovers, the holidays are not complete without Handel’s all-time favorite, “Messiah.”

In keeping with tradition, the Blue Hill Bach chorus will perform the oratorio’s Part 1 and much of Part 3, ending with the audience joining in singing the “Hallelujah” chorus, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

Blue Hill Bach’s “Messiah” concert this year will include students Kayla Gayton, soprano; alto Catharine Cloutier, countertenor Andrew Cloutier and tenor Zachary Fisher, as well as sopranos Jennifer Bates and Michele Corbeil, mezzo-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly, tenor Francis John Vogt, bass John David Adams and trumpet player Jack Burt.

Admission is by advance reservation or at the door. Tickets cost $25 per adult, $10 for students and free for youth under 18. For more info, call 613-5454 or visit www.bluehillbach.org.

In a separate event, Blue Hill Bach will put in an appearance, singing Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus from the “Messiah” at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, as part of the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s annual tree lighting at the Blue Hill Town Hall.

In a separate event, Blue Hill Bach will put in an appearance, singing Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus from the “Messiah” at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, as part of the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s annual tree lighting at the Blue Hill Town Hall.