A Christmas play by the Messiah Project and an orchestra from Poland will be part of the 2012 Christmas concert by the Mark Twain Chorale. It will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Parker Theatre at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
The program, titled “The Miracle of Christmas,” will consist of two performances:
• A holiday concert by the Mark Twain Chorale, including a performance by the Krakow Chamber Orchestra Sinfonia from Krakow, Poland.
• A Christmas musical for people of all ages called “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” by Gian Carlo Menotti, performed by the Messiah Project of Springfield, Mo.
“The Mark Twain Chorale is uniquely ours,” said George Lewenczuk, secretary. “It consists of our neighbors, friends, colleagues and relatives. Each member has a musical talent, and these beloved Christmas concerts offer them an opportunity to share that talent.”
The 2012 Chorale Christmas program features a wide variety of music selections including selections from Handel’s Messiah.
Lori Scott is the current Chorale director. She will be assisted by Bonnie Campbell as the Chorale’s accompanist.
A portion of their performance will be accompanied by the orchestra from Poland.
Tickets are required, since seating is limited, according to Lewenczuk, The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Dec. 14, one day before the performance.
Lower level seats are $15 per person. Upper level seats are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 6 years.
Tickets may be purchased at Griffen’s Flowers, 2919 St. Mary’s Ave, Hannibal; or at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St., Hannibal.
Tickets will not be available at the Parker Theatre.
Pastor David Scott of Arch United Methodist Church in Hannibal hopes families will bring their children to this concert, because the Christmas play, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” has “a very powerful message. Adults and children love this, and it is a wonderful way for us to experience the arts.
“We have state, local and international (performers), all in one concert,” Scott said. “I would encourage both adults and children to make an effort to come.
“It is not every day we can have in Hannibal, Missouri, a local group participating with an orchestra from Poland and a regional group from Springfield, Mo.”
Scott added that Arch United Methodist Church “is happy to be one of the sponsors of the concert. And we are providing the meals and home stays for the orchestra from Poland.”
The Mark Twain Chorale also will be singing special music, he said, including “Christmas favorites and part of Handel’s Messiah.”