Ursinus College Presents Handel’s Messiah

The Ursinus College Choir and Meistersingers present the 79th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, a winter tradition in historic Bomberger auditorium, on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4.

George Frideric Handel’s oratorio is conducted by John French, the William F. Heefner Professor of Music at Ursinus College. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Along with the College Choir and Meistersingers, musicians and college organist Alan Morrison round out the performers. Soloists are Leslie Johnson, soprano; Robert O’Neil, countertenor; Kenneth Garner, tenor; Reginald Pindell, bass; and Mark Huxsoll, trumpet. French is on the harpsichord.

French, a member of the college faculty since 1979, has received the Laughlin Professional Achievement Award and Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in recognition of his professional and scholarly accomplishments. 

The Dec. 4 performance of Handel’s Messiah will be French’s 60th performance as conductor at Ursinus. He has been the organist-choirmaster for the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia since 1992 and was the associate conductor of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and must be purchased online before the show at For more information, call the box office at 610-409-3030. –by Taylor Manferdini ’13