Selections from Handel’s Messiah, the well-known oratorio foretelling Christ’s birth and featuring the magnificent “Hallelujah Chorus,” will be performed at Tarleton State University on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Tarleton choral program and Cross Timbers Civic Chorale, accompanied by the Tarleton Masterworks Orchestra, will sing at 7:30 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center auditorium. Tickets are $15 and go on sale at the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.

The concert also will feature beloved carols, including What Child is This, Carol of the Bells, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, and I Saw Three Ships. 

This year marks the 37th annual masterworks performance on the Stephenville campus. In all, more than 130 musicians will combine for this holiday tradition, all under the direction of Dr. Troy Robertson, Tarleton’s director of choirs.

Composed in 1741 and based on Biblical text, “Handel’s Messiah occupies a special place in music in that it is such a cornerstone masterwork, a piece to which we return again and again,” said Robertson. “For many of us, singing choruses like ‘For Unto us a Child is Born’ or ‘Hallelujah’ feels like going home each holiday. Certainly our collection of carols feels that way, and we hope our audience will share in that.”

The upcoming holiday concert featuring Messiah, is just one of many performances open to the public presented by Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts. For more information about future concerts and events at the Fine Arts Center, visit www.tarleton.edu/finearts.