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Handel’s Messiah Returns to Hilltop Church in Mendham on Sunday, December 6th

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An invitation to the December 6th performance of Handel’s Messiah at Hilltop Church just arrived in the mail, reminding me that this time last year, a few days before Halloween, we had about two inches of snow on the ground here in the Roxiticus Valley!  Thankfully, a repeat of last year’s freak snowstorm is not in the forecast, and it may even be sunny and almost 70 degrees for trick or treating on Saturday.

Even though we don’t have wintry weather in October to get us in the mood, it is time to make plans to attend the eighth annual presentation of Handel’s “Christmas” Messiah by the Music Ministry of Hilltop Church.  There will be two performances on Sunday, December 6th at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Rex, London, Maddie and I have attended Hilltop’s performance of Handel’s Messiah three or four times as a part of our annual Advent celebration, though the girls (still) grow impatient and cause us to leave long before the grand finale.  Our family missed last year’s performance due to a typical holiday scheduling conflict…was it Rex’s granddaughter’s performance in the Nutcracker or our annual get together with our old neighbors in New York’s West Village??

This year’s soloists are: Soprano, Jamie Baer Peterson; Mezzo, Elspeth Kincaid; Tenor, Brian Ernstes; and Bass, Richard Zuch; with Hilltop’s 50-voice Messiah Choir and full orchestra under the direction of Thomas Berdos, our church’s fabulous Music Director.

Tickets are available for $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. Ticket sales do not completely cover the costs of presenting Messiah to the community. Hilltop Presbyterian Church is grateful for the support of patrons in past years, and is seeking patrons again this year. For a donation of $60.00, patrons receive two tickets to either the 4:00 PM or 7:00 PM concert and will be listed in the concert program. Please send requests for tickets or patron tickets to Messiah Tickets, Hilltop Church, 14 Hilltop Road, Mendham, NJ 07945, along with a self addressed stamped envelope with check made out to Hilltop Church/Messiah and the concert time you wish to attend.

We’ll hope to see you there!

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