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Multiple choruses set to perform children’s ‘Messiah’

Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico will perform a children’s ‘Messiah.’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the fourth year in a row, the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John will host Handel’s children’s “Messiah,” complete with reindeer antlers and powdered wigs.

Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico will join choruses from Albuquerque Academy, the Rio Rancho Youth Chorus, Eagle Ridge, Lincoln and Rio Rancho middle schools and Tijeras’ Roosevelt Middle School in concert on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The 80-plus singers will perform excerpts from Part I of Handel’s masterpiece, ending with the “Hallelujah Chorus,” music director Maxine Thévenot said. An orchestra of about 10 will accompany the chorus.

Listeners are encouraged to wear their festive gear and bring pillows to sit on the cathedral’s marble floor in front.

“The little people get coloring books and crayons to color while the performance is underway,” Thévenot said.

Visitors can sing along to “Joy to the World” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

The concert usually draws about 300 people, Thévenot said.

The performance is free. Audience members are asked to bring two non-perishable items for the 300-400 people served by the cathedral food pantry.

“The greens will be up,” Thévenot added. “It will definitely be festive.”

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