MESSIAH: Instruments and voices filled the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts at Hanover College during the Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus and Hanover College Concert Choir’s 2011 presentation of the “Messiah.” (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
MESSIAH: Instruments and voices filled the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts at Hanover College during the Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus and Hanover College Concert Choir’s 2011 presentation of the “Messiah.” (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
Several annual musical events will highlight the beginning of the holiday season in Jefferson County at the Hanover College campus.

College students and community members join together to present several classical pieces and holiday favorites during performances throughout the upcoming week.

Handel's "Messiah"

Nearly 115 people will take part in the annual performance of selections from Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday.

The tradition of performing Handel's "Messiah" continues with the Hanover College Concert Choir, Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus and Festival Orchestra taking part in the seasonal event.

Jane Jacobs, chorus coordinator, said the upcoming event will be the 39th performance of Handel's "Messiah" in Jefferson County.

The event was started by former high school choral director Cliff Taylor, who passed away in 2010, to showcase area talents. Performances were held at area churches in Madison until the community group joined with the Hanover College chorus nearly 11 years ago. The performance has been held on the Hanover College campus since then, Jacobs said.

Hanover College professor Madlen Batchvarova will serve as conductor for the performance. This will be Batchvarova's 10th year to conduct the groups.

"It's always been a remarkable thing to me," Jacobs said of the collaboration between the groups. "We have people who have sung nearly every year."

Yet the community choral group will be missing a familiar voice with the absence of Dolores Klein, who passed away this year in July. She had participated in all of the previous 38 performances.

Other singers continue to carry on their family legacy of singing in Handel's "Messiah." At least two singers have connections to people who sang in the first Jefferson County performance of Handel's "Messiah" or have participated in the event with their family throughout the years, Jacobs said.

The performance takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and is expected to last about an hour. Admission is $7, and tickets may be purchased at The Madison Courier, VisitMadison Inc., from Community Chorus members or at the door.

In addition, three other musical events will take place throughout the week on the Hanover College campus.

Dinnertime Christmas Carols

The Hanover College instrumental ensembles hosts one of four holiday performances today.

Students will perform Dinnertime Christmas Carols at the J. Graham Brown Campus Center beginning at 5 p.m. featuring several holiday favorites.

Hanover College professor David Mruzek will serve as the director of the performance, which is expected to last about an hour. The event is free and open to the public.

Hanover College Madison Area Orchestra

The Hanover College Madison Area Orchestra will host a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Community members join with Hanover College students for an annual performance of instrumental pieces at the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Mruzek serves as the director for the performance. The event is free and open to the public.

Christmas at Hanover

The Hanover College Chamber Singers present Christmas at Hanover with select musical favorites beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

Several holiday selections will be presented in choral performances, as well as solos. Jonathan Stanley will provide piano accompaniment for the event. A rendition of "Silent Night" will end the performance, Batchvarova said.

Batchvarova serves as the director of the performance, which will be held at the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts. Admission to the performance is free, and the event is open to the public.