Sing-along Messiah in OP raised more than $1170 for the homeless

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Singers of many ages came together for a Sing-along Messiah in Oak Park, Dec. 11, at First United Methodist Church. The singers and listeners raised over $1,000 for homeless people served by West Suburban PADS (Public Access to Deliver Shelter), which provides shelter for up to 50 people each night through the winter. We appreciate the support of everyone who played a role in the 2005 Sing-along Messiah.

Co-sponsored by the MacDowell Artists Association and First United Methodist Church, our do-it-yourself performance featured about 200 volunteer singers, along with four very talented professional soloists: Susan Krout, Amy Pickering, Jon Fjortoft, and Jeffrey Horvath. The Chicago Chamber Orchestra was conducted by James Mack, an Oak Park resident and accomplished musician. Admission was free, but a donation was requested to support services for the homeless. David Leehey, president of MacDowell Artists Association, played the harpsichord and Michael Shawgo, director of music and organist at First United Methodist, played the organ.

MacDowell Artists Association is a non-profit organization of performing artists which was founded in 1934 by the late Ruth Wilkins Tyer. MacDowell holds musicales which allow members an opportunity to perform for appreciative audiences. It also has an annual scholarship program, which awards scholarships to high school students who plan to further their studies of music in college. For more information, call David Leehey at 383-5092.

We invite you to join our Sing-along Messiah on the second Sunday of December 2006 (Dec. 9 if you have your new calendars handy). It's a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season?#34;and help those less fortunate. Best wishes for a wonderful year.

Betty Johnson
First Methodist Church
David Leehey
MacDowell Artist Association

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