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‘A Children’s Messiah’ promises fun for kids

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Listeners can don their favorite Santa hats as they sing along to “A Children’s Messiah” at the Cathedral of St. John on Saturday.

Kids can don their favorite Santa hats at “A Christmas Messiah” at the Cathedral of St. John.

Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico will perform the first movement of Handel’s famous oratorio interspersed with popular sing-along carols accompanied by an orchestra. Young singers from Albuquerque Academy, Lincoln Middle School, the Rio Rancho Youth Chorus and Roosevelt Middle School will help kick off the holiday season. The concert is free.

Amateur singers can join in “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and Handel’s own “Joy to the World,” cathedral music director Maxine Thévenot said.”We invite people to come around in their ugly Christmas sweater or their favorite festive holiday clothes,” Thévenot said.

An anchor choir from Polyphony will perform the solos. A total of about 90 voices will provide the chorus, along with instrumentalists from both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Thévenot will play the harpsichord and other keyboards, as well as conduct.

Families are encouraged to bring cushions or pillows if their little ones prefer floor seating. Activities such as coloring will be provided.

“I think we’re going to have a guest appearance by George Frideric Handel himself on the organ,” Thévenot added. “He came last year.”