Special to the E-T

?Glad tidings will once again fill Tarleton State University’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center. The university was recently awarded a grant worth more than $4,000 to support a performance of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale and the Tarleton State University Choirs during the 2010 holiday season.?The Arts Respond Performance Report grant, awarded by the Texas Commission on the Arts, will allow the orchestra to perform the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” as well as another seasonal performance to be selected.?The university’s production of “Messiah” is entering its 31st year, and this marks the 28th year that Dr. Charles Rives, Tarleton choir director, will conduct the performance. ?“We are especially grateful to the Texas Commission on the Arts for the generous grant they have made available to us,” Rives said. “Such support shows how the citizens of Texas prize the arts and help to provide music of the highest quality for everyone to enjoy.”?