31st Anniversary Performance of Messiah!
On December 1, 2018, South Mountain Community College will celebrate the 31st performance of Handel’s Messiah, the most beloved musical work in the world. This momentous event features a community chorus and orchestra and is directed by Dr. Jerome K. Garrison, division chair of the Communications/Fine Arts division at SMCC. Many of the participants have performed Messiah for each of the 31 years and will be honored for their commitment.
Messiah was first performed at SMCC on Sunday, December 6, 1987. It had been Dr. Garrison’s dream to be able to bring Messiah to the South Mountain community from the time he began working at SMCC. Along with Henry Rose, a professor in the music department, Dr. Garrison brought together community member to join the first Messiah Choir. He also enlisted community musicians and together they did what many said could not be done, they performed Messiah at SMCC.
The first performance was held in the gymnasium to a sold-out crowd. Now, Messiah is performed in the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. Each year, people from across the Valley come to SMCC to begin their holiday season with this uplifting performance.