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Hallelujah: Belmont Open Sing Presents Handel's Messiah Tonight

All invited to sing along the choruses with an orchestra and soloists at Payson Park Church at 7:30 p.m.

Why just listen to the great choruses – including the rousing “Hallelujah” – of Handel’s "Messiah" this Christmas season?

Here is your chance to step out from the audience and be a performer.

Tonight, Sunday, Dec. 23, any Belmont resident – in fact, anyone who can get to Payson Park Church by 7:30 p.m. – will be given a score (or bring your own) and take part in "Messiah" Open Sing hosted by Belmont's Powers Music School.

See a video slide show from last year's performance of the Hallelujah chorus here.

Participants will experience the thrill of singing this favorite work accompanied by a professional-level orchestra, and arias sung by some of Boston's finest soloists, led by the Powers School's Mary Beekman, artistic director for the Belmont Open Sing Series and music director of Musica Sacra for the past 30 years.

First timers are welcome. There’s no registration necessary for the Open Sing.

For the $10 admission price, participants will be provided a vocal score, a choral warm-up (in which everyone will go through some of the more difficult parts) and refreshments.

The participants will sing Parts 1 (the "Christmas" section) and 2 and some of Part 3.

The church is located at 365 Belmont St. For additional information on the Open Sing, visit the Powers website.

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