The Central Iowa Choral Society invites all area singers to participate in the 65th annual community chorus presentation of Handel’s “Messiah,” directed by Janet Collison, with Chad Mussig at the organ. Rehearsals begin Sunday, Nov. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 202 West Main St., Marshalltown. Free rehearsal CDs will be available for participants.

Each year approximately 50 chorus members join together to sing selections of Handel’s Messiah, keeping this important holiday tradition alive in central Iowa. Rehearsals are filled with singing and review of difficult passages, along with time for refreshments and fellowship. Music scores are available at rehearsals for a small charge.

There are no tryouts for chorus members. Auditions for soloists will be held on Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. Chorus rehearsals will continue on Nov. 12 and 19, from 2-4 p.m.; Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. to prepare for the ecumenical performance set for Sunday, Dec. 3, at the new earlier time of 3 p.m., also at the First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown.

“Getting a Handle on Handel,” is a historical and entertaining glimpse of Handel and his Messiah, including a PowerPoint presentation. Mary Giese, the creator, has shared this program with several community groups and another showing is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. at Hope United Methodist Church. This light-hearted program on Handel and his Messiah is free and open to the public. To sign up and for more information, contact Janet at

Please plan now to be a part of this wonderful holiday tradition.