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The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel, from 3-6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr.
Dr. Mary Badarak will direct the performance. The chorus of about 80 singers and the orchestra ensemble of about 40 musicians, are featured in this performance.
On Nov. 19, 1943, Donald Flanders advertised in the wartime Los Alamos Times for people to join The Singing Group, which was at that time participating in madrigal singing at his home. Apparently enough enthusiastic singers responded that his neighbors started to complain about the subsequent noise level. The singers had to move to the old nursery school and prepared for a performance of Håndel’s “Messiah” during the coming Christmas season and the group’s name was changed to The Los Alamos Choral Society.
From that first Los Alamos performance evolved not only the Choral Society, but also the Los Alamos Symphony and the Light Opera.
That was the first of 70 continuous yearly seasons of choral presentations by the LACS.
Over the years, many community members, some since departed, have joined with the group in performing the works of classical and modern composers.
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