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ACS' Handel's Messiah returns for their 47th year

With the holiday season in full-swing, many traditions return to homes, towns, and sometimes entire valleys. The Aspen Choral Society is one of those traditions for some families, with their rendition of Handel's Messiah traveling from town to town for one weekend every year. This year, is their forty-seventh.
Music Director Paul Dankers conducts, as the choir's sound filters down the hallway and fills the Third Street Center's round room. Choir members, who come from all walks of life and represent a variety of ages, stand in a circle around Dankers to carefully watch his directions. Sorted into groups by their vocal parts, one can walk around the room in a circle and hear each group of voices distinctly according to how they are positioned.
Handel’s Messiah includes the infamous “Hallelujah Chorus”, but that is only a small portion of the entire musical piece. Orchestra members hail from many parts of the valley, with strings, wind and percussion instrumentalists lending their talents to the performances.
Shows this week are at the Wheeler Opera house tomorrow night, TACAW on Saturday, and St. Stephen’s Catholic Church on Sunday evening.
More information is available at: AspenChoral

Hattison Rensberry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Drawing, but has worked for newsrooms in various capacities since 2019.
She also provides Editorial Design for the Sopris Sun.