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Handel’s Messiah!


On December 7, 2019, South Mountain Community College will celebrate the 32nd 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.

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.

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the Cashier’s office, at the door, or online HERE. For more information, please contact Dr. Jerome Garrison at 602-243-8055.