The Highland Music Department presents Handel’s “Messiah”

FREEPORT — The Highland Choral Music Department’s annual performance of George F. Handel’s “Messiah” will take place Sunday, December 6, at United Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport. Celebrating its 14th consecutive season, the performance will begin at 3 p.m.

The annual production is a compliment of chamber orchestra, guest soloists and choristers who will perform Part I of Handel’s momentous work. The chorus will be made up of members of the Highland Chorale and the Highland Chamber Singers. Soloists will be Megan Besley, Katherine Calcamuggio, Scott Chachula and Todd von Felker.

“Written in 1742, no musical work in western civilization has thrived more than Handel’s Messiah,” Allen Redford, director of music at Highland Community College, said. “Each year we look forward to the performance of this most joyous choral masterpiece.”

Megan Besley is a native of Freeport and a highly lauded performer who has consistently delighted audiences across the country with her performances.  She is delighted to join HCC for their annual Messiah performance, one of her favorite works to perform.

Katherine Calcamuggio is an award-winning mezzo-soprano who has been featured in important roles across the United States, eliciting kudos for her “soaring, rich voice” (The Miami Herald). This will be Katherine’s second year as guest artist for the HCC Messiah concert.

Scott Chachula is a versatile performer whose repertoire ranges between opera, musical theatre and dramatic roles. Highland is thrilled to welcome Scott back as tenor soloist for his 5th Messiah performance.

Todd von Felker has been praised for his rich, vibrant voice. He has performed on the main stages of such noted opera companies as Florentine Opera, New Orleans Opera, Pensacola Opera and Union Avenue Opera of St Louis. This will be Todd’s first performance with the Highland music department.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at or by contacting the HCC Box Office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 815.599.3718.

For more information about Highland’s choral music performances, contact Director Allen Redford, at or call 815.599.3568

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