NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Selections from Handel's "Messiah," arguably the most beloved choral work ever written, will be performed in a free concert Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6 by the Tuscarawas Philharmonic orchestra, chorus, and soloists, at First United Church of Christ in New Philadelphia.

"Messiah," which for many embodies the essence of Christmas, includes two of the most-recognized choruses in music--the "Hallelujah" chorus and "For unto us a Child is born."

An organ prelude of Christmas selections will precede the 3 p.m. performance and the concert will conclude with a community carol sing featuring an outstanding arrangement of carols arranged by Eric Benjamin that has become a Philharmonic favorite tradition.

Soloists for "Messiah" will include Roberta Myers, soprano; Deanna Miller Zesiger, soprano; Linda Yoder, mezzo; Elaine Finley, mezzo; Melanie Winn, soprano; Brian Johnson, bass; and Kyle Kelvington, tenor.

The church is located at 201 Fair Ave NW in New Philadelphia.

As the Philharmonic's Christmas gift to the community, the concert is free and open to the public. This is made possible in part by the generosity of Barbour Publishing, Inc.; The Geib Family and Staff; BASEC Management, Inc., DBA Wendy's; AloNovus Corp.; and a bequest from the estate of The Reverend Stuart Barr.