The Grand Forks Chorales, in partnership with the Global Friends Coalition, presents its annual “Sing-Along Messiah” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

The traditional holiday benefit concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., features the Grand Forks Chorales singers and an orchestra comprised of area musicians, led by the director, Dean Jilek.

Audience members are invited to sing along during all or parts of Handel’s “Messiah.”

"(The concert) is a performance that truly engages the community, inviting people to join the Chorales in singing this beloved holiday classic,” Jilek said. “The powerful, inspiring music emphasizes the joy and beauty of the Christmas season.”

Handel’s “Messiah,” which debuted in Dublin, Ireland, in 1742, has long been a hallmark of the season in Grand Forks and around the world, Jilek said.

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Handel conceived of the performance to benefit local charities, and the “Messiah” has become one of the most-performed choral works in musical history, he said.

Admission to Tuesday's concert is by freewill donation with proceeds going to the Global Friends Coalition and Grand Forks Chorales. The suggested donation is $15.

Guests are welcome to bring their own “Messiah” song books to be stamped at the event. A limited number will be available for purchase at the door.

St. Michael’s Catholic Church is located at 520 N. Sixth St.

For more information, contact the Grand Forks Chorales executive director at or (701) 732-0091.