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Messiah Concert Press Release

Messiah Concert Press Release

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
CONTACT: Mike McInally,, 541-905-4282

The Corvallis Repertory Singers, the mid-valley’s premiere professional vocal ensemble, return to live performances on Dec. 18 and 19 with the “Candlelight and Carols” concerts. Tickets to the concerts, the ensemble’s first live performances in nearly two years, go on sale online on Friday, Nov. 19.

“We are so pleased that the time has finally arrived for the Corvallis Repertory Singers to offer live concerts again,” said Dr. Terri Homer, the president of the organization’s board of directors.

This year’s edition of “Candlelights and Carols,” traditionally among the Repertory Singers’ most popular concerts, features Part I of Handel’s Messiah, with the “Hallelujah” chorus added on. (The famed chorus actually appears in Part 2 of the work, which would take more than two hours to perform in its entirety.) While this year’s concert will not feature an audience sing-along due to COVID precautions, patrons will be treated to an array of choral selections intended to evoke the feeling of the holiday season.

COVID safety is a concert priority. Singers and musicians will be masked during performances and will be fully vaccinated. The concert venue, First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., will have limited seating to ensure social distancing. And concertgoers will have to show proof of COVID vaccination to enter the venue. (Proof of a recent negative COVID test will not be sufficient to attend.) Once inside the venue, patrons will have to wear masks.

The Repertory Singers will be led by Dr. Steven Zielke, the ensemble’s founder and the director of choral studies at Oregon State University. 

Showtimes are Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for main floor seating, $20 for balcony seating and $10 for students ages 12 to college. Unfortunately, children under 12 will not be admitted.

Tickets will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 19 at the Repertory Singers’ website, Because of anticipated high demand and limited seating, concertgoers are advised to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Patrons may call Ticket Tomato, the Repertory Singers’ ticket vendor, at 1-800-820-9884 for assistance with an online purchase, or to purchase tickets over the phone. For other questions or concerns, patrons can call 541-231-3419. Because of the limited seating for these concerts, tickets will not be available for purchase at retail outlets or by mail. If tickets remain available at showtime, they may be purchased at the door.

The Repertory Singers also plan a February concert, “Let Freedom Ring,” featuring songs that impacted movements for social justice. The event will feature a special guest – Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, the conductor of the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir at Minnesota’s St. Olaf College, and a national leader in the justice choir movement. Tickets will go on sale for that concert in January.

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